In a plea deal, a former Vanderbilt University doctor admitted that he prescribed fentanyl to a patient with fentanyl addiction and the doctor was fired.
A federal judge in Nashville has ordered the doctor, Daniel J. Hager, to serve no more than 180 days in prison.
Hager pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court in Nashville, where he was scheduled to be sentenced.
Hagger’s lawyer, Robert N. Gens, argued that the doctor violated the terms of his probation, which called for him to perform no more then six hours of community service and no more that 100 hours of supervised work.
Gens said the probation was necessary because of Hager’s “significant” criminal history.
Hagers’ plea agreement, however, does not address any other allegations against the doctor.
The judge was unable to determine whether he was also charged with falsifying patient records.
The federal judge said in court documents that he was “unable to find evidence” that Hager violated any federal laws related to the misuse of opioids or the opioid overdose epidemic.
Gins said Hager had no prior criminal history and had not been in any type of substance abuse treatment.
In the plea agreement with prosecutors, prosecutors said Hagers admitted that while he was the primary prescriber for a patient, he did not prescribe fentanyl to the patient.
The physician did not administer the fentanyl, and it was administered to the client by a doctor’s assistant, according to the plea deal.
According to court documents, Hager began prescribing fentanyl in August 2016, according the court documents.
The doctor said he did so to treat an acute pain from a neck injury that he had sustained in an automobile accident.
Hagen, who has not yet been sentenced, had pleaded guilty in August to using a controlled substance to treat a serious condition.
Gainsbourg, the medical director for the Vanderbilt University Center for Integrative Medicine, and Hager worked at the center from 2010 to 2014, according a spokeswoman for the medical center.
Hagels previous attorney, Christopher M. Smith, told CNN that he has not heard about the charges against Hager.