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DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 1st, 2003 / 12:01 PM
SUBJECT:PHYSICIAN ARRESTED FOR UNLAWFUL PRESCRIPTIONS


As a result of a joint investigation with the NYS Department of Health’s Bureau of Controlled Substances, Dr. Frank Nocilla, 49, of 2201 North Shore Road in Hadley, has been arrested and charged with 3 counts of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance (a felony).

Dr. Nocilla was involved in a relationship with a 29-year-old female nurse whom he met while both were working at Ellis Hospital. The woman had a prescription drug abuse problem, and Nocilla wrote prescriptions out in the name of other people that the woman filled at area pharmacies. Dr. Nocilla used his position to continue their relationship by taking advantage of – and furthering – the woman’s dependency.

Dr. Nocilla was arraigned this morning in Police Court and remanded to the Schenectady County Jail with no bail. He is scheduled to re-appear in Police Court tomorrow morning.