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Amherst pain doctor pleads not guilty to providing illegal prescriptions, surrenders license

Dr. Eugene Gosy, the Amherst pain specialist accused of providing illegal prescriptions, pleaded not guilty Wednesday and was released on bail.

Arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr., Gosy surrendered his license to prescribe controlled substances but kept his license to practice medicine.

Joel L. Daniels, one of Gosy’s lawyers, said his client has between 8,000 and 10,000 active patients and is concerned about their short-term welfare while he faces federal charges. Gosy’s College Parkway practice is one of the largest pain-treatment centers in New York.

Gosy, 55, a neurologist, is charged in a 114-count federal indictment with operating a criminal conspiracy that issued more than 300,000 illegal prescriptions in four years. He also is accused of providing painkillers to patients without a proper medical reason.

The indictment is the latest in a series of criminal charges against local doctors, and comes amid a local opioid epidemic that has claimed hundreds of lives over the last several years.