Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who is already being prosecuted on charges of performing illegal abortions, now stands accused of running an illegal pill mill out of his former West Philadelphia clinic.
The new, federal charges are separate from those levied by the Philadelphia district attorney for allegedly delivering and then killing babies at the clinic.
They accuse Gosnell of running a “pill mill” out of his office from 2008 to 2010.
An indictment from the U.S Attorney’s office in Philadelphia alleges Gosnell gave out fraudulent prescriptions for thousands of OxyContin, Percocet and Xanax pills, sometimes without performing even a cursory exam.
If convicted of all the drug charges levied against him, U.S. Attorney’s office spokeswoman Patricia Hartman said Gosnell would face a minimum of 21 years in federal prison.
That would be in addition to any time he might face if convicted in Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas on the abortion charges, Hartman said.
Seven other employees at the Women’s Medical Society are also named in the indictment.