A Las Vegas doctor is facing possible discipline for accessing the prescription records of Stephen Paddock. Dr. Ivan Goldsmith, a weight loss doctor, faces a hearing in front of the state next week.
“It would be pretty stressful to all of a sudden wake up and have someone try to take your ability to make money away and that’s what would happen if the board does this,” said his attorney E. Brent Bryson.
The Nevada State Licensing board says Goldsmith accessed confidential patient information on October 2 and 3, just a day after the mass shooting.
On October 3, the Review Journal published an exclusive story that Paddock was prescribed Valium. The report was picked up by media outlets worldwide. But, Stephen Paddock was never Dr. Goldsmith’s patient.
“The information on Paddock is all over the internet. I mean, his autopsy reports are on the internet. All the details are on the internet. The board is going after someone who supposedly was acting for the greater good of the community,” said Bryson.
Goldsmith is facing fines, a suspension, and he could get his license revoked. Bryson would not say if his client accessed those records.
“Quite frankly this is the worst case of abuse of process I’ve seen since I’ve been a practicing attorney.”
However, he did call the hearing a “witch hunt”.
“They’re trying to yank his pharmacy license, which means he wouldn’t be able to prescribe and his dispensing license which means he wouldn’t be able to dispense medication from his office,” said Bryson. “For a guy that hasn’t had any previous infractions in 30 years.”
8 News Now reached out the Nevada State Licensing board Friday afternoon. We have not received a comment.