Cheshire nurse pleads guilty to federal illegal prescription charge

Cheshire nurse pleads guilty to federal illegal prescription charge

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NEW HAVEN — A 54-year-old registered nurse from Cheshire, accused of writing numerous illegal prescriptions for oxycodone and Xanax over a three-year period, admitted guilt  in federal court on Friday.

Lisa M. Alexander, 54, of Cheshire, waived her right to be indicted in pleading guilty to one count of unlawful distribution and dispensing of controlled substances, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney John H. Durham’s office. The offense carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. Alexander had been released from custody, pending sentencing, which is scheduled for Jan. 22, 2021. 

Alexander admitted she had written prescriptions for the controlled substances that were “outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose,” according to the statement.

Alexander was licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Connecticut, and held a controlled substance registration from the Drug Enforcement Administration that had allowed her to prescribe Schedule II through V controlled substances. According to the DEA, Schedule II controlled substances include oxycodone, methadone and other drugs “with a high potential for abuse.”

Durham’s office stated that over a three year period, from 2017 to early 2020, Alexander wrote illicit prescriptions that allowed more than 3,600 oxycodone pills and close to 3,000 Xanax pills to be distributed and dispensed to multiple individuals. 

“Alexander did not have a legitimate practitioner-patient relationship with these individuals, did not conduct medical examinations with these individuals, and did not confirm conditions that would medically require treatment using these controlled substances. Alexander also knew that at least some of these individuals were selling the pills instead of taking them,” Durham’s office stated. 

Furthermore, most of those illicitly prescribed medications had been paid for by Medicaid or Medicare, according to Durham. 

State Department of Public Health licensure records show Alexander has been licensed in Connecticut as a registered nurse and also held an advanced practice registered nurse license. Records show Alexander surrendered the advanced practice license in August. According to a signed affidavit stating the surrender, Alexander had previously surrendered federal and state issued registrations that had authorized her to dispense controlled substances.

DPH officials confirmed Alexander’s RN license remains active, but did not say whether any further action — including requesting a surrender or revocation of that license — will be taken. The department’s investigation into that matter remains open. 


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