April 17, 2017 07:18 PM
A Minnesota doctor named in several court documents released Monday said he never directly prescribed opioids to Prince or anyone else with the intent the drugs be given to Prince.
In a statement released to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, Dr. Michael Schulenberg said he's disclosed all information regarding his care and treatment of Prince to law enforcement authorities, referring to it as "complete cooperation."
Schulenberg's name is mentioned on multiple occasions in search warrants released by Carver County Monday as part of its investigation into Prince's death.
According to one of the warrants, Schulenberg wrote Prince an Oxycodone prescription but put it in Kirk Johnson's name "for Prince's privacy." Johnson is Prince's longtime associate and bodyguard.
Cody Wiberg, executive director of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy, said all prescriptions must include the intended patient's name. Not doing so is a violation of federal and state law, Wiberg said.
Another search warrant indicates Johnson "was known to have contacted" Schulenberg "to help Prince with regards to hip pain."
Investigators said Schulenberg admitted to meeting with Prince twice, on April 7 and April 20, 2016.
In the search warrants, detectives allege Schulenberg admitted to meeting with Prince and prescribing Clonidine, Hydroxyzine Pamoate, and Diazepam. None of those drugs are considered opioids.
On a search warrant served at Paisley Park on April 21, 2016, detectives said they found prescription pill bottles in a suitcase in Prince's bedroom next to his bed. Detectives identified the drugs as Ondansetron Hydrochloride and "Acetaminophen/oxycodone hydrochloride." According to the warrant, those medications were prescribed to Johnson on April 7, 2016, by Schulenberg.
Here's the full statement from Schulenberg's attorney, Amy Conners:
Dr. Schulenberg has been and remains committed to providing full transparency regarding his practice as it relates to the Prince investigation. Dr. Schulenberg has previously disclosed all information regarding his care and treatment of Prince to his former employer, law enforcement authorities and regulatory authorities in the course of his complete cooperation with the investigation of Prince's death. There are no restrictions on Dr. Schulenberg's medical license, and contrary to headlines and media reports published in the wake of today's unsealing of search warrants relating to the investigation, Dr. Schulenberg never directly prescribed opioids to Prince, nor did he ever prescribe opioids to any other person with the intent that they would be given to Prince.
In his nearly 19 years of practice, Dr. Schulenberg has provided the highest level of care to his many patients and has earned a reputation for being a caring and responsible physician. He has never sought public attention or celebrity, even in the face of the events of the last year, and will continue to make his patients' health and wellbeing his first priority.
Tim Vetscher and Tom Hauser
Updated: April 17, 2017 07:18 PM
Created: April 17, 2017 05:16 PM
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