PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia doctor serving life in prison for killing newborns at his abortion clinic admitted Tuesday that he also sold painkiller prescriptions, sometimes writing dozens of prescriptions in different names to a single patient.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, pleaded guilty to federal drug charges after twice walking away from scheduled plea hearings.
Prosecutors say he flooded city streets with OxyContin, codeine-laced cough syrup and the antidepressant Xanax, after selling prescriptions for $10 or $20 to people who lined up at his office. He also sold monthly refills, distributing more than a half-million Oxycodone tablets and more than 800,000 Xanax pills.
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