Monday, February 26, 2001

Kentucky physician denies prescription allegations

The Associated Press

        HARLAN, Ky. — Dr. Ali Sawaf pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he illegally wrote OxyContin prescriptions.

        Dr. Sawaf, who was arrested Feb. 1, was arraigned before Judge Ron Johnson in Harlan Circuit Court.

        Harlan authorities said they believe Dr. Sawaf has been a key player in recent increases of prescription drug abuse because of his alleged habit of writing Oxy Contin prescriptions.

        Judge Johnson said he would hear a motion to reduce Dr. Sawaf's bond on March 8.

        Dr. Sawaf was arrested after local, state and federal officials came to his office with search warrants. An indictment was served after two officers allegedly obtained prescriptions from Dr. Sawaf for narcotics without having a medical reason.

        Dr. Sawaf remains in jail on a $650,000 bond.


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