Tenn. doctors face drug charges in Ky.

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) -- Two Nashville, Tenn., doctors have been charged with illegally writing prescription painkillers for about 350 people in Harlan County, Ky.

Nashville Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron tells The Tennessean that Dr. Visu Vilvarajah (vee'-soo vil-va-rah'-zhah) and Dr. Mirielle Lalanne are awaiting extradition to Kentucky and being held in Nashville.

They're charged with three counts of engaging in organized crime, one count of assault and one county of wanton endangerment. Indictments accuse them of providing prescriptions knowing they weren't for patients' personal use. Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird says they're also accused of prescribing painkillers to a pregnant woman whose baby was born addicted to the drugs.

The doctors' lawyer, Charles Walker, didn't return calls left by the newspaper at his office Wednesday.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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