Family doctor arrested on prescription med charges

Family doctor arrested on prescription med charges

By Lydia Browning, The Union Democrat – July 8, 2015 1:00 am

A Sonora family doctor was arrested Tuesday on multiple charges relating to prescription medicine.

Dr. Lori Sostock, 46, has been charged with 48 counts of prescribing controlled substances without a legitimate purpose, transporting narcotics or controlled substances, repeated acts of overprescribing administered drugs or treatment, aiding another to practice without proper certification and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Vanessa Sostock, 43, was also arrested on charges of illegal controlled substance prescription, transporting narcotics or controlled substances, practicing medicine without a certificate and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Vanessa Sostock’s LinkedIn page says she is the office manager at the doctor’s practice.

Lori and Vanessa Sostock were both arrested around noon Tuesday at their office at 820 Delnero Drive in Sonora. They were both still being held in Tuolumne County Jail as of Tuesday afternoon.

In 2013, hydrocodone was Lori Sostock’s number one prescribed drug to elderly or disabled patients with 283 total prescriptions filled with refills, according to a database compiled by ProPublica, an independent nonprofit investigative journalism newsroom.

That same year, methadone was Lori Sostock’s second most prescribed drug, with 245 prescriptions filled with refills.

ProPublica received prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, compiled from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in combination with information from CMS.

Lori Sostock graduated from Rush Medical School in 1995 and specializes in hospice and palliative medicine.

According to Lori Sostock’s LinkedIn page, she has had her own practice in Sonora for four years.

Lori Sostock’s bail was set at $200,000 and Vanessa Sostock’s bail was set at $100,000.

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