WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The former doctor arrested on a manslaughter charge, after being suspected of over prescribing a lethal amount of a narcotic resulting in the death of a patient, made his first appearance in court Wednesday.
A judge set bond at $75,000 for Barry Schultz of Delray Beach.
According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, an investigation revealed that Schultz had prescribed a lethal amount of the narcotic methadone to David Train, resulting in his death.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, methadone is a painkiller similar to morphine that is also used as part of drug addiction detoxification and maintenance programs.
Schultz was first arrested in March 2011 after agents discovered that he had unlawfully prescribed and dispensed more than 60,000 tables of Oxycodone to at least six of his patients within a nine-month period, the sheriff's office said.
The sheriff's office said that after the 2011 arrest, the Florida Department of Health and the Drug Enforcement Administration suspended Schultz's medical license and DEA registration.
Schultz currently faces one count of homicide negligent manslaughter and one count of writing an unlawful prescription.
His bail was set at $50,000 for the first charge and $25,000 for the second.
The wptv web team contributed to this report.