Nevada Doctor Charged with Medical Malpractice

Kevin Buckwalter, a Las Vegas-area family doctor, has recently been stripped of his medical license after a series of investigations revealed that at least eight of his patients died due to negligence and medical malpractice.

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the state medical board, Buckwalter has allegedly over-prescribed prescription drugs and failed to monitor their use among his patients for years.

In one shocking example, medical records reveal that Buckwalter prescribed a single patient over 17,000 narcotic painkillers within a 4-year period – even after that man had already experienced an overdose on the same pain medication.

Details of Buckwalter's Medical Malpractice

Through the investigations of the Nevada Medical Examiner's Board, state officials have found evidence indicating that Buckwalter has recklessly prescribed potent drugs, without performing proper medical exams of patients, in dozens of cases.

While, to date, eight patients are known to have died due to Buckwalter's malpractice, tens of others have filed reports with the state medical board indicating that they have experienced severe injuries as a result of Buckwalter's reckless practices.

Along with prescribing the highly addictive drug OxyContin, Buckwalter also has a history of inappropriately prescribing patients:

  • Hydrocodone (an addictive opiate-based painkiller that is commonly marketed as Vicodin)
  • Methadone
  • Xanax