Clinic owner: “It is a witch hunt”

Friday, March 2, 2018

“It is a witch hunt.”

That’s how Pam White characterized the federal raid of her clinic on Tuesday.

Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency, and other agencies raided Specialty Associates, the clinic that White owns with her husband Edward, and took computers and other records for further investigation.

White’s clinic, along with Dr. Mark Murphy’s North Alabama Pain Services which shares the location, have come under scrutiny for the diversion of opioids into the illegal market after a civil suit filed in January by 17th District Attorney General Robert Carter made that allegation.

Murphy, in particular, was singled out based on data from the Propublica website that showed, in 2015 when Murphy ran two large clinics in Decatur and Madison, Ala., that he was the number one prescriber of oxycodone hydrochloride and Oxycontin for Medicare Part D patients in the nation.

White disputes that data, saying that it lacks the proper context.

“Since we are being convicted in the court of public opinion, I’m happy to put the truth out there,” White said.

“They can hook me up to a lie detector, voice stress analyzer, whatever they want to do,” she said.

White said that she was sure that Blue Cross Blue Shield data, records from the controlled substance database, and any information that the feds might glean from the clinic’s computers would bear out her side of the story.

“They’re just going to find good stuff,” she said, disputing the allegations made against her and her clinic.

“This just reeks of politics,” she said.

The clinic re-opened on Wednesday, backed up with appointments after Tuesday’s disruption, and free to continue with business while the investigation proceeds.

When contacted by the Tribune, the US Attorney’s office in Nashville said that the investigation had originated out of the office of the US Attorney for Northern Alabama.

White is determined to continue to look after her patients and fight what she sees as baseless accusations.

“I can’t let this go unaddressed, because it’s wrong,” she said.

“We do everything right,” she said. “I know in my heart we take care of people.”