McMurray Doctor Held for Trial in Federal Drug Case

Dr. Oliver Herndon remains free on $50,000 bond.

A McMurray doctor charged in federal court with overprescribing two narcotics was held for trial Tuesday after his preliminary hearing in Pittsburgh, the U.S. Attorney's Office confirmed.

The Observer-Reporter is reporting, Dr. Oliver Herndon performed only one cursory physical examination at a total of six brief visits by undercover officers to his McMurray and West Mifflin/Pleasant Hills offices.

All left with prescriptions for oxycodone and Opana in dosages that were said to have exceeded those normally given to cancer patients, the newspaper reports.

On Jan. 17 at 6:51 a.m., surveillance shows Herndon's medical suite in Peters Township filled with patients.

The newspaper reports an agent testified before Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy that pharmacists had raised concerns about the large amounts of painkillers and powerful dosages. 

It is reported that 87 pharmacists had stopped filling prescriptions from Herndon.

In February, federal law enforcement officials—including the Drug Enforcement Administration and FBI— at Herndon's office at 1000 Waterdam Plaza, exactly one week after a at his office.

What resulted was the suspension of the doctor's DEA registration, Pittsburgh DEA assistant special agent Gary Davis had said.

Herndon was charged March 9 with overprescribing narcotics. He remains free on bail, according to the Observer-Reporter.

roxanne robinson March 28, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Terri Heck March 29, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I have been a patient of Dr Herndon for 13 years and he saved my life on many occasions. This has been extremely difficult, until about 6 months ago I would of been the patient standing behind him saying he is innocent. I have been in his office several times since July and the change has been dramatic. Since his arrest the way his truly sick patients have been treated by him has been seems criminal to me. I have been treated by the same hospital that I have been going to for 13 years like an addict coming off the street begging for medication. I cannot find another doctor to accept me unless I wait at least 2 months because of the demand or not accepted when they find out he was my doctor. He really did have patients that are sick and suffering terrible right now and I have found this whole situation unbelievable and if I was not stuck right in the middle of it I am not sure I would believe my story if someone told it to me.
mike miller May 22, 2012 at 10:45 PM
i been on pain meds since 2008 my first doctor broke his hip and retired . i found herndon not long after. being on pain meds for so long then being shut off of them was terrible the sick feelings were unbearable so i turned to heroin. i guarantee you many others have to since its so hard to find a doctor once they find out you had herndon as your pcp.


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