New Jersey pediatric gastroenterologist charged on 3 counts of drug distribution

Pediatric gastroenterologist Martin Fried, MD, 60, was charged with attempted distribution of a painkiller and distribution of other drugs for non-medical reasons, the Asbury Park Press reports.

Here's what you should know:

1. Dr. Fried operated Health Days in Wanamassa, N.J. He was charged on three counts, which each carry a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million.

2. Dr. Fried was arrested in July after he accompanied two men to several pharmacies to obtain prescriptions for Adderall, Xanax, gabapentin, oxycodone and other drugs for non-medical reasons. The two men were also arrested, and one of them had received 90 to 120 tablets of three drugs.

3. Dr. Fried surrendered his registration to prescribe controlled dangerous substances in July, and his license was indefinitely suspended in September. He must enter a professional assistance treatment program, refrain from using all psychoactive substances other than ones prescribed and prove his fitness, competence and ability to practice.

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