Doctor Sentenced to 12.5 Years in Prison for Illegally Distributing Oxycodone from Midtown Manhattan Practice.,  Press Release, March 8, 2023

On February 13, 2023, Adelglass’s Former Office Manager, Marcello Sansone, was Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that HOWARD ADELGLASS was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff to 150 months in prison for his participation in a conspiracy to illegally prescribe oxycodone.  ADELGLASS was convicted in November 2022 following a two-week trial before Judge Rakoff. 

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “For years, Howard Adelglass illegally prescribed enormous quantities of highly addictive and deadly opioids to people he knew were suffering from substance abuse disorders or were dealers.  By monetizing his prescription pad and distributing mammoth quantities of oxycodone pills for no legitimate medical purpose, Adelglass practiced as a drug dealer, not a doctor.  Adelglass did not simply betray his medical oath; he destroyed lives and families and helped fuel the opioid epidemic gripping the nation.  Today’s sentence makes clear that this Office and our law enforcement partners will work tirelessly to hold responsible those who have contributed to the national opioid crisis no matter their professional stature.”

According to the allegations contained in the Indictment, the evidence offered at trial, and matters included in public filings:

HOWARD ADELGLASS was a licensed physician.  Together with his office manager, MARCELLO SANSONE, he operated a pain-management clinic located in Midtown Manhattan (the “Clinic”).  The Clinic serviced purported patients seeking oxycodone and other pain-relief medications commonly diverted for illicit purposes.  In exchange for cash payments, sex acts, and cocaine, ADELGLASS wrote thousands of prescriptions for large quantities of oxycodone, many to individuals whom ADELGLASS knew did not need the pills for a legitimate medical purpose.  When they occurred, ADELGLASS’s examinations were perfunctory.  ADELGLASS's purported patients included individuals addicted to opioids and, in some cases, individuals who sold the oxycodone on the street.  Even when faced with clear evidence of his purported patients’ drug abuse and diversion, ADELGLASS continued to prescribe large quantities of oxycodone without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the scope of professional practice. Continue Press Release