Doctor’s office raided, accused of illegally prescribing diet pills
Agents raided three offices Wednesday, all run by a local doctor. He is accused of illegally prescribing diet pills to some of his patients.
With help from local police, agents with the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy seized items from the Mentor office of Dr. Rogaciano Trocio Wednesday afternoon.
The office is called Diet Med Clinic. The doctor has not been charged with a crime.
“The Board of Pharmacy received complaints that there were some questionable prescribing and it’s alleged that he’s prescribing diet medication beyond the scope of medical practice and without a legitimate medical purpose,” said agent Jesse Wimberly, spokesman for the Pharmacy Board.
Investigators confiscated patient charts, drug and financial records, cash and medication, primarily a drug with the brand name Adipex.
“Adipex is prescribed primarily to persons who are morbidly obese; it’s a final stage in assisting with the weight loss,” Wimberly explained.
Patients who arrived for appointments were stunned to learn that their doctor’s office was being raided.
“I’m surprised. I missed the last couple of weeks; I was just coming in to get some meds or the diet pills or whatever. I am, I’m shocked. I didn’t know there was an issue there,” said patient, Dennis Briganti.
Also Wednesday, agents seized items from the doctor’s offices on Golden Gate Boulevard in Mayfield Heights and Lorain Road in Fairview Park.
“One of the primary benefits, if you’re furnishing the drug and charging for it, it would be a financial gain,” said Wimberly.
State Pharmacy Board investigators say they will gather all the evidence and submit their findings to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor.