Final arguments in case of alleged overprescribing

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lawyers are giving closing arguments in the case of a 64-year-old Brigham City doctor accused of illegally prescribing painkillers to thousands of patients without evaluating their conditions. Prosecutors summarized the case against Dewey C. MacKay Wednesday morning, saying the former orthopedic surgeon was seeing up to 120 patients a day and had moved from doctor to drug dealer. MacKay has pleaded not guilty to the charges, including two that involve the death of a 55-year-old man authorities say was binging on the drugs and died from an overdose in May 2006. MacKay’s supporters packed the U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City this week as the doctor testified he was trying to help patients while prescribing the drugs. Prosecutors have dropped 45 of the 130 felony counts MacKay initially faced.

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