Dr. Jay K. Joshi

Dr. Jay K. Joshi pleaded guilty to over-prescribing pain medication from his Munster practice. 

HAMMOND — Through his attorney, a Munster doctor accused of over-prescribing opioids to patients is asking a judge for more time to prepare ahead of pre-trial court proceedings.  

Dr. Jay Joshi, a Burr Ridge, Illinois, man who worked as a general practice physician at Prestige Clinic in Munster, was indicted Jan. 18 on four counts of dispensing hydrocodone “not prescribed for a legitimate medical purpose, and outside the scope of professional practice," court records show.

His attorney, Michael Z. Gurland, wrote in a court filing Tuesday he recently received discovery in the case, including "audio and video tape evidence" and approximately "350 pages of discovery" on CDs. 

Gurland requested in a motion for extension to push the deadline to file pre-trial motions to March 30 and reschedule the April 2 trial for a later date. 

Prosecutors have no objection to the filing extension, court records show. 

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Investigators found Joshi issued more than 6,000 prescriptions for controlled substances since April after obtaining data from INSPECT, the state’s prescription monitoring program, according to an indictment in the case. 

Joshi ranks No. 1 in Lake County and ninth statewide in the number of prescriptions written for controlled substances by DEA registered prescribers, Kirsch said.

Joshi allegedly prescribed hydrocodone to an undercover agent on four separate occasions, records show. He allegedly even instructed staff to complete prescriptions while he vacationed in Greece, prosecutors have said. 

Court records show Joshi self-surrendered the week he was indicted and later bonded out.

As part of his bond, Joshi is no longer allowed to write prescriptions for any controlled substances. His travel has been restricted to the Northern Districts of Illinois and Indiana. 

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