A Mountain View woman was arrested Friday, May 11, and charged with allegedly prescribing large quantities of highly-addictive, opiate-based painkillers to patients without conducting proper examinations or checking medical records, authorities with the county said.
Jasna Mrdjen was arraigned Monday, May 14, on multiple charges related to her alleged "pill mill," according to James Sibley, supervising deputy district attorney for the narcotics unit of Santa Clara County.
Mrdjen had been operating the Pain Management Clinic, located at 14125 Capri Drive in Los Gatos, for about two years when agents with the Santa Clara County Special Enforcement Team served her a search warrant on May 11, Sibley said.
Sibley said undercover agents with the enforcement team -- a multi-jurisdictional task force overseen by the California Department of Justice -- had visited Mrdjen's clinic many times over the course of a year in order to see how many pills they could get the doctor to prescribe and what they had to claim was ailing them in order to get their hands on the drugs.
In one instance, an undercover officer visited her office complaining of pain in his foot, Sibley said. According to the officer's report, Mrdjen touched the outside of his boot, without making him take it off, before sending him away with a prescription for 210 oxycodone-containing pills.
In addition to being accused of prescribing opiate-based medication -- which included oxycodone, percocet, vicodin and other name-brand and off-brand drugs -- she is also accused of prescribing benzodiazepines -- which are used to treat alcohol withdrawal, anxiety and muscle spasms, Sibley said.
According to Sibley, Mrdjen was running a cash business. It cost $240 for a first visit and $100 per visit after that.
She was arraigned on a 12-count felony complaint, which alleges Mrdjen conspired to sell controlled substances by helping drug dealers obtain narcotics; she is also accused of "issuing prescriptions outside the usual course of professional treatment" and "prescribing controlled substances to an addict."
If she is convicted of all the charges, Mrdjen could be sentenced to 12 years in prison.