A paediatrician who was charged with making a $1.6 million drug to help treat adult patients with serious mental illness was found guilty of fraud and breach of trust.
The man, Dr Paul C. Gorman, was charged by prosecutors in the US and UK after the US Food and Drug Administration approved his company’s ADHD medication, Adderall, for use in people with severe mental illness.
Mr Gorman’s wife, Dr Gorman said her husband had been diagnosed with adult-onset ADHD and was taking the drug for the condition.
Dr Gormans drug company, ThermoMed, said in a statement that it was “extremely disappointed by the verdict”.
The company said the verdict was the result of an investigation and it would appeal.
In court documents filed in the Northern District of Texas, the FDA said Dr Golfons drug had been approved by the US Army and was used in soldiers who have undergone intense training and training that included combat combat.
“The Army has been extremely supportive of Thermo Med,” it said.
“Adderall is prescribed to soldiers to reduce their symptoms of ADHD, improve their cognitive function and improve their overall quality of life.”
ThermoMedic said it had “no further comment”.
It is not clear whether Dr Gollans trial was a case of the courts taking a side in a legal battle.
In the US, a person convicted of a felony is eligible for parole after serving 15 years of a sentence.
But in Australia, the maximum time a person can serve is 18 years.
A person who has been convicted of any felony or other crime may not be eligible for probation.
Dr Corman was found to have made false statements to federal investigators, including falsely claiming that he had “a substantial amount of money to invest” and that the money was not being used for drug profits.
In an interview with US television station CNN, Dr Comer said he would “not do anything that would jeopardise the interests of my company”.
“I have no doubt it will help some patients,” he said.
Dr Paul Gorman with his wife Dr Cinrion in 2015.
In a separate case in Canada, a man pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges in 2016 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a $5 million scheme.
Mr Justice Thomas in New Brunswick found Dr Gomer guilty of five counts of breach of contract and one count of fraud.
The court also found Dr Cormans trial to have been a sham.
He said he did not accept that Dr Gomans drug was the only drug he was prescribing to his patients.
He found there were other medicines available to patients, but they were not being prescribed.
The judge also rejected Dr Gommans claim that his drug was being used to treat patients who did not require the drug.
“It is not my place to tell a patient what they can or cannot do,” he told the jury.
“I am not an authority in the field of mental health care.”
Judge Thomas also noted that Dr Comans trial had involved an extensive amount of evidence, including the testimony of his wife, who was not involved in the case.
“She testified she had no knowledge of Dr Coker’s drug business or his conduct,” he wrote.
The case was adjourned for sentencing in January 2018.
Dr D’Arcy Gorman and his wife.
Photo by: AP The couple’s daughter, Liza, who works for a nursing home in Los Angeles, said her father’s conviction was “shameful”.
“It’s sad to see him go down this path,” she said.