Psychiatric patients upset over doctor’s indictment

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Psychiatric patients are frustrated with medical records and confusion over a grand jury indictment of Dr. Amar Bhandary with the Oklahoma Institute of Psychiatry.

The 53-count indictment accuses the doctor of recklessly writing powerful narcotic prescriptions for patients without a legitimate medical purpose.

Focusing on cases from 2008 and 2009, the indictment states at least five of the patients died.

“You know, he’s truthful, he’s the kindest man. I never would have dreamed he would do something wrong,” patient Denise Cotton said.

She was quick to defend Dr. Bhandary and says he has treated her for years.

She said Bhandary had even started requiring patients to take drug tests every time they came to the office for treatment.

“I would say about eight months ago,” Cotton said of when the screenings started.

Cotton was just one of the patients we watched show up at Bhandary’s office Wednesday.

Many of them came after getting a letter similar to the one posted on the front door of the office.

Dated March 19, it stated the doctor was not guilty, but had been forced to close his practice.

“We’re kind of between a rock and a hard place here,” one woman said. “You know, when you have a limited time on your medication, and that’s going to be gone and it’s medication that you are supposed to have, but now you have no doctor, what can you do?”

Many of the patients did not want to be identified.

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