Mishawaka, Ind. Many patients were left scrambling to get necessary medical care after their Mishawaka doctor was arrested for drug dealing Wednesday.
Dr. Charles Edward Myers, 65, allegedly wrote bogus prescriptions in exchange for sex. Charging documents say he carried out a three-year affair with a patient who was also a prostitute and drug addict.
The Mishawaka Medical Arts Pharmacy where his practice was located says it received more than 50 frantic calls from patients trying to refill prescriptions.
“They depend on me to call him for refills and call them with interactions,” said Mary, the pharmacy’s manager. “They don't know what to do.”
The pharmacy employees say many of Myers’ patients we’re elderly and some required immediate attention.
‘I also he had a few cases of mothers calling who have handicapped children and they are in need of antibiotics,” the manager said. “And they got no response from the office and were panicking not knowing what to do. I told them they have no choice but to go to the ER.”
She said that even if the patients found a new doctor they wouldn’t likely get an appointment in time. Medical charts were also seized in Myers’ arrest so at this point it’s difficult to transfer new records to a new doctor.
Jennifer Prescott of Goshen is a former patient who says she was more disgusted than shocked by the news of Myers’ arrest. She blames the doctor’s care for the chronic pain she’s experienced over the last 6 months.
“My first visit was in October of last year,” Prescott said. “I was experiencing a bunch of pain in my abdomen and was worried about it.”
She says Myers’ ordered blood and computed tomography tests. Her pain increased over the course of her 6-month treatment but she never received the results of those tests.
“I want the results of my CT scan,” she said. “That’s something serious. I've been in a lot of pain and I want to know what's going on with my body.”
Still without a diagnosis, she arrived for her final appointment in March. It was then that Prescott says she was told that she could no longer be treated because of her Medicaid plan.
“You're in pain 24-7 and he's just going to blow it off like this?” said Prescott’s mother, Denise Tankersley. “There's something going on.”
Prescott went to a new doctor and was diagnosed almost on the spot.
“[The doctor] going over my files and said, ‘I see that you had a ruptured ovarian cyst and I was like ‘What?’” she said. “My mom and I were floored.”
Prescott would later learn she also had split pancreas, a congenital anomaly that runs in her family. She says Myers never inquired about her medical history during her treatment.
She’s on the road to recovery but wonders whether she suffered any damage during the time she went undiagnosed.
“A lot can happen to someone's body in six months,” she said. “I trusted him as my doctor, that's scary to me.”