Class Action Commenced against Toronto Psychiatrist for Over-prescribing Narcotics



    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - On August 12, 2008, the law firm of Rochon
Genova LLP issued a class proceeding against Dr. Eddie Kingstone, a Toronto
psychiatrist. The claim alleges that between 1996 and 2006, Dr. Kingstone
negligently prescribed his patients medications including narcotics,
benzodiazepines, and anti-psychotics in combinations and dosages which he knew
or ought to have known would lead to drug dependency and addiction.
    The claim has been filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in
Toronto.
    The proposed Representative Plaintiff, Dianne Moore, was a successful
account executive for a major corporation prior to becoming a patient of Dr.
Kingstone. Ms. Moore alleges that after she became a patient of Dr. Kingstone,
he treated her with medications, including narcotics, benzodiazepines, and
anti-psychotics. As a result of Dr. Kingstone's treatment, Ms. Moore alleges
that she developed a serious and life-threatening drug dependency and
addiction to those medications.
    Ms. Moore brings this action on her behalf and on behalf of all other
patients of Dr. Kingstone for whom he prescribed various medications,
including narcotics between 1996 and 2006.
    Ms. Moore said, "This lawsuit will hopefully help several hundred
patients regain some part of their lives which they lost to drug dependency
and addiction. I hope this will be a message to Dr. Kingstone and other
doctors about the dangers of over-prescribing these medications and the
harmful effects on their patients."
    Susan M. Vella and Patricia A. LeFebour of Rochon Genova LLP are lead
counsel for the Plaintiff in this proposed class proceeding. Ms. Vella stated,
"Through the courage of Ms. Moore, we are hopeful that other patients of Dr.
Kingstone will come forward to be a part of this class proceeding. Addiction
and drug dependency are terrible hurdles for these patients to overcome. A
class action is the most effective way for these patients to obtain access to
justice in reclaiming their lives and to alter the behaviour of physicians who
prescribe these medications."
    In 2006, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario found that Dr.
Kingstone committed acts of professional misconduct in relation to his
prescribing of narcotics, and controlled drugs and substances to 23 patients.
    The allegations raised in the claim have not yet been proven in court.
The plaintiff and the prospective class members are represented by the Toronto
based law firm of Rochon Genova LLP.





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For further information: Rochon Genova LLP, 121 Richmond St. W, Suite
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1-866-881-2292, Website address: www.rochongenova.com


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