Medway doctor allegedly wrote bogus prescriptions, shared drugs with woman

A Medway doctor is facing charges that he allegedly wrote fraudulent narcotics prescriptions, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said.

Authorities allege Nicholas Pacella, 50, wrote seven oxycodone prescriptions for a woman who was not his patient between June 2007 and June 2008, prosecutors said. The woman then filed the prescriptions using her private health insurance — and the two allegedly shared the drugs.

Pacella was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of filing a false insurance claim and one count of larceny under $250, prosecutors said. He was released on personal recognizance and ordered to refrain from prescribing narcotics in his practice and that he submit to drug testing twice a week, Ryan said in a statement.


Pacella, who specializes in pediatrics, is listed as a doctor at Harding Pediatrics in Worcester, according to the practice’s website. According to his biography on the site, Pacella received his medical degree at UMass Medical School in 1988 and completed his residency at Brown University in 1992.

Pacella’s next court appearance is slated for July 12.

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