Casa Grande Doctor Indicted for Prescribing Narcotic Drugs Out of Home

Casa Grande - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that a retired Casa Grande doctor was indicted for continuing to prescribe narcotic drugs after his privileges were restricted by the Arizona Medical Board.

On May 13, 2019, following an investigation over concerns with his prescribing methods, Dr. James Barsz signed an interim consent agreement with the Arizona Medical Board in which he agreed he would no longer prescribe controlled substances while the Board's investigation continued. However, a review of the Arizona Pharmacy Board’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) by agents with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office revealed that Dr. Barsz continued prescribing narcotic drugs after his privileges were restricted. On September 13, 2019, Dr. Barsz entered into a Consent Agreement with the Medical Board to surrender his license. 

It is alleged that Dr. Barsz informed select patients at the time of his retirement in October 2018, that he would continue to write prescriptions on a more informal basis. In the months that followed, Dr. Barsz is accused of meeting with patients at local restaurants or in his home, where no medical evaluation was performed, and he would prescribe narcotic drugs in exchange for cash or gift cards.

Dr. Barsz was charged with one count of Fraudulent Schemes or Artifices and five counts of Unlawful Administration of Narcotic Drugs.

Assistant Attorney General Sean Coll is prosecuting the case.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Copy of indictment.