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Doylestown doctor sentenced to prison for illegally providing opioids


A Bucks County judge sentenced a long-practicing Doylestown doctor Monday to two to six years in state prison for unlawfully prescribing opioids to his patients.

Dr. Richard Alan Kondan, 59, of Doylestown, pleaded no contest in March to a felony charge of unlawful prescription of a controlled substance by a practitioner.

Additionally, Judge Gary B. Gilman ordered Kondan to perform 200 hours of community service as part of his parole.

Between November 2017 and September 2019, Kondan allegedly prescribed oxycodone and other opioids outside his “legal and ethical practice of medicine,” to at least 14 patients, according to authorities.

“Dr. Richard Kondan used his position of trust and authority to recklessly prescribe addictive medications that are fueling the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania. He showed too little regard for the health and safety of his patients,” said Pennsylvania State Attorney General Josh Shapiro, at the time the doctor was charged.

A joint investigation by the attorney general’s office and the Bucks County Detectives Drug Strike Task Force also found that Kondan failed to keep accurate medical records and increased dosages of oxycodone without noting appropriate medical justification.

Prosecutors said he authorized refills without examinations or office visits and regularly prescribed multiple patients dangerous combinations of oxycodone and other prescription medications. In some cases, Kondan continued the practice for as long as 16 years, authorities said.

“Today’s sentence holds Dr. Kondan accountable for his actions and ensures that he will no longer be a source of these dangerous drugs,” said Shapiro, on Monday.