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No recent malpractice cases for convicted foot doctor

Did the Medford foot doctor who pleaded guilty to prescription fraud have any malpractices in the years he was writing prescriptions for himself?

— No name given

According to Oregon State Medical Board records, no medical malpractice complaints have been filed against Dr. Patrick Theodore Code since 2007 — close to a decade before federal prosecutors say Code began writing fraudulent prescriptions in order to feed his own drug addiction.

Code pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to obtaining possession of a controlled substance through misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception and subterfuge, admitting he wrote fake prescriptions that got him 2,876 Tramadol pills and 78 Ambien tablets between June 2016 and May 2019.

Code is still a licensed podiatrist specializing in foot surgery in Medford. Since February, the state medical board has allowed him to practice with the condition that he may not prescribe any controlled substances to a patient.

State medical board records show two closed malpractice cases for Code, and both of them occurred long before the drug crime. One malpractice case stemmed from a 1997 procedure related to “misdiagnosis of an abnormal condition,” and caused the patient “temporary minor” injury. His second malpractice case stemmed from a 2007 procedure that was “not adequately indicated or unnecessary” and caused a delayed recovery for the 61-year-old patient.

Expenses in the two cases were covered by Code’s insurance.

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