Wilmington, Delaware: Nihar B. Gala, a Delaware doctor is accused of prescribing opioids in exchange for sexual favors from a female patient who was undergoing treatment for long-term drug addiction.
Nihar B. Gala’s behavior at several walk-in medical centers in 2017 endangered the woman, an administrative hearing heard Monday. He is also accused of threatening the patient and her family in the wake of the allegations.
Deputy Attorney General Zoe Plerhoples said: ‘He placed her in danger of overdose given that she was from the outset a high-risk patient.’
Gala’s work at ‘Got-A-Doc’ walk-in medical centers in Millsboro and Camden shows he wrote prescriptions for the patient, who is not named, without requesting or reviewing her medical records, according to the complaint.
The complaint centers on his work there before January 2017. It also alleges he wrote a prescription for Oxycodone and increased her dosage – despite no office visit with the patient.
Nihar B. Gala worked at ‘Got-A-Doc’ walk-in medical centers in Millsboro and Camden. He now runs a Millsboro pain management and addiction clinic called Alpha Care Medical, pictured
The alleged victim, who had been treated for opiate addiction since December 2015, is said to have first seen Gala in September 2016.
He is accused of prescribing opioids in exchange for sexual favors from October 2016.
Stephen Thomas, a Pennsylvania pain medicine physician and the state’s expert witness, said Gala’s actions were ‘medically nonsensical and therefore grossly negligent’.
He added: ‘My opinion is that his care did not meet the standard of care and was not in the patient’s medical interest.’
Gala, who now runs a Millsboro pain management and addiction treatment center, denies the allegations and says the case is part of a ‘conspiracy’.
The complaint states he denied seeing the patient for several months when questioned over his actions in late 2016 – despite prescriptions in November.
A complaint was filed in December 2016 and the state has asked for an administrative hearing officer to recommend the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline revoke Gala’s medical license.
Image: Nihar B. Gala is accused of prescribing opioids in exchange for sexual favors from a female patient who was undergoing treatment for long-term drug addiction