Four of doc­tor’s pa­tients die; li­cense is sus­pended

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - By Sab­rina Lolo WPEC-CBS12 DOC­TOR, 5B

A doc­tor in Boyn­ton Beach had his li­cense sus­pended for his al­leged in­volve­ment in the deaths of four pa­tients, the Florida Depart­ment of Health said.

Peter Katz, 73, whose of­fice is lo­cated at 3301 W. Boyn­ton Beach Blvd., had al­ready been ar­rested in April for re­port­edly pre­scrib­ing pa­tients with “lim­ited to no exam, no pa­tient file and no med­i­cal his­tory,” ac­cord­ing to ar­rest re­ports. He was also pre­scrib­ing these med­i­ca­tions af­ter busi­ness hours and at his own home.

The first pa­tient who died was K.C., a 49-year-old woman, ac­cord­ing to the state depart­ment. She was taken to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal on July 17, 2015 af­ter suf­fer­ing from nau­sea and vom­it­ing for three days.

She was pro­nounced dead at the hos­pi­tal.

An au­topsy re­vealed K.C. died from “mul­ti­ple drug in­tox­i­ca­tion” and had co­caine, temazepam, al­pra­zo­lam, heroin, oxy­codone, ac­etaminophen and buprenor­phine in her sys­tem.

K.C. was a known drug user and Katz had been treat­ing her for “opioid de­pen­dence,” as well as high blood pres­sure, the state depart­ment said.

But her med­i­cal records didn’t show a di­ag­no­sis or a treat­ment for hyper­ten­sion, nor her his­tory of drug abuse.

Katz’s sec­ond pa­tient, a 36-year-old man known as R.U., was found dead in his home on Dec. 30, 2015, ac­cord­ing to the state depart­ment. An

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