Former PHS Doctor Arrested on Drug Charges
In July 2008, former Prison Health Services (PHS) employee John N. Mubang, 57, was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for prescribing drugs for monetary gain and trafficking in controlled substances.
The six-month investigation that led to the four felony counts against Mubang stemmed from citizen complaints. Mubang had previously served as the medical director of the Hillsborough County Jail, where PHS was the jail’s medical provider. He had also worked for PHS’s competitor, Correctional Medical Services.
Mubang had a private practice of 1,000 patients in internal and ambulatory medicine. Since 2006, four of his patients have died from overdoses or interactions between drugs that he prescribed, which included oxycodone, hydrocodone and Xanax.
Mubang was asked to resign or be fired by PHS in 2006, according to depositions taken in a lawsuit against PHS filed by a prisoner whose newborn baby died in the Hillsborough County Jail. PHS settled that suit for $1.25 million. [See: PLN, Oct. 2007, p.32].
More recently, for the past two years Mubang had been contracted to provide medical services at the CCA-operated Citrus County Jail in Lecanto, Florida.
Sources: Tampa Tribune, www.baynews9.com
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