NY AG says a doctor from Pittsford indicted on manslaughter charge in overdose death

Feb 19, 2021

New York State Attorney General Letitia James says that a doctor from Pittsford has been indicted on a manslaughter charge and other felonies related to the overdose death of a patient.

Sudipt Deshmukh, 55, was a primary care physician who prescribed a lethal mix of opioids and other controlled substances that resulted in the overdose death of a patient who Deshmukh knew struggled with addiction.

Besides a charge of second-degree manslaughter, Deshmukh is also charged with two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment and six counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance for over-prescribing high doses of opioid pain killers. Deshmukh also faces charges of health care fraud.

The indictment, announced Friday, stems from the action taken by a Monroe County grand jury alleging that between 2006 and 2016, Deshmukh was aware of and fostered his patients’ addictions and ignored his professional responsibilities.

The attorney general says the indictment follows charges first filed by her office last August, alleging that Deshmukh, according to witnesses, rarely performed physical examinations on patients who showed clear signs of addiction, provided patients narcotics on request.

Deshmukh will be in Monroe County Court for arraignment at a later date.