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NV docs defend colleague arrested on murder charge

Las Vegas Review-Journal, April 4, 2011

After the arrest of Dr. Richard Teh last month on a murder charge for prescribing drugs to a patient who subsequently died, Dr. William Van Tobel sent an incensed email to fellow physicians in the Las Vegas Valley. "It is not just Richard Teh on trial for murder. We are all on trial," he wrote. "We need to protest. ... Talk to our federal representatives. ... Until this ridiculous and outrageous charge of murder is dropped ... why would I or any primary care provider prescribe any chronic pain medication? I know, and even briefly worked with, Dr. Teh. He is not a cash for drugs doctor." Nothing, other than the cost of malpractice insurance, has galvanized the local medical community more in recent years than Teh's arrest.

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