Doctor pleads no contest in patient-drugging case

Doctor pleads no contest in patient-drugging case
Dr. Hoshang Pormir

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A doctor charged with drugging patients at a Kern County nursing home to keep them quiet has pleaded guilty to a felony.

The Bakersfield Californian says Dr. Hoshang Pormir entered the plea last week to conspiracy to commit an act injurious to public health. Eight other felonies were dismissed.

Two other defendants face trial later this month.

Pormir was a staff physician at a Lake Isabella nursing home. State authorities contend that staff gave high and unnecessary doses of anti-psychotic drugs to eight elderly patients to keep them quiet and that some were forcibly injected. Three died.

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Information from: The Bakersfield Californian