Somerset News –
A 59-year-old cardiologist from Somerset County admitted he illegally prescribed more than 8,600 oxycodone pills for a patient and the patient’s wife, authorities said.
Raymond Catania, of Warren, faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced July 14, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey said in a statement.
Catania, who had a practice in Watchung, wrote the prescriptions for the 30 mg pills between January 2016 through March 2017. Court papers didn’t explain why he did it or identify either the patient or the patient’s wife.
Catania pleaded guilty Monday to dispensing oxycodone outside of the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.
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