Pharmacy board to Orlov patients: Find a new doctor

Alexander Orlov mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Alexander Orlov mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Cynthia Langley sorts through more than 30 prescriptions between her and her husband. Some are needed to stay alive.

"I'm going to have to go and get help," Langley said. "I know I will. Now him, he's going to have to go into a hospital because he can't do without his insulin and his heart medication and his blood pressure. I mean he takes too many."

She claims her Lufkin pharmacy won't refill the prescriptions because Dr. Alexander Orlov prescribed them.

"I'm very upset," she said. "It's very upsetting. I don't understand why no one told us. I can't blame them, you know. I do know Dr. Orlov did wrong."

Orlov is expected to surrender to federal authorities on Sept. 20, to begin more than a year in federal prison for health care fraud.

In November, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud medicare and medicaid.

The medical board said physicians generally lose their license if they are incarcerated.

"Once they lose their license, those prescriptions become invalid," said Gay Dodson, the executive director of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. "However, because the patient needs to be taken care of we suggest to the pharmacist to use their best judgment. If it is something that is obviously a need, to take care of them for one or two refills and then to get them to see a medical professional."

The pharmacists Lufkin didn't want to give interviews, but say Orlov's patients need to find another doctor to get their prescriptions."

Langley finally found a new doctor, but being a former Orlov patient, she says it took a while.

Taking pills for a bipolar disorder, anxiety, high blood pressure, and slipped discs. Now she's holding out unless she has to have it.

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