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University Hospital Doctor Arrested For Unlawful Prescription Writing

By Maureen Kyle

(LOUISVILLE, July 21st, 2004, 6 p.m.) -- Louisville Metro Police are investigating another doctor for writing illegal prescriptions for painkillers. Police arrested the University of Louisville doctor on July 20th. As WAVE 3's Maureen Kyle reports, he is just one of several physicians arrested during the past year.

Dr. Kenneth Mudd is an OB-GYN at University Hospital. Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says Mudd was arrested at his home on Brush Lane Tuesday night on multiple charges, including "seven counts of unlawful prescribing of a controlled substance, seven counts of trafficking the controlled substance by fraudulent prescription, and one count of possession of controlled substance, what we believe to be cocaine."

Mitchell says Mudd was prescribing the painkillers to non-existent patients.

Mudd's is the latest arrest in a string of investigations. "We have had several cases throughout the last year and a half that have got some doctors arrested for prescribing controlled substances illegally," Mitchell says.

Dr. David Dao is facing 15 counts of trafficking, and Dr. Wrenda Gallien is charged with 38 counts of prescription fraud.

Dr. David Thurman -- who was banned from writing prescriptions pending an investigation -- committed suicide just three weeks ago.

Mudd was arraigned in court Wednesday morning. He remains free on bond.

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