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Los Gatos Doctor Accused of Running 'Pill Mill'

Dr. Jasna Mrdjen is accused of prescribing prescription drugs to undercover officers without performing exams or reviewing medical records, according to the DA's Office.

A Los Gatos doctor was arraigned today, Monday, May 14, on charges that she prescribed large quantities of powerful prescription drugs to undercover officers without performing examinations or reviewing medical records.

Dr. Jasna Mrdjen, 69, of Mountain View, also knowingly prescribed to addicts, according to the charges, despite several cases in which their family members pleaded with her to stop, said the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office in a written press release.

During a lengthy, multi-agency investigation, numerous patients of Mrdjen were arrested for illegally reselling prescriptions obtained from her, the DA said in the release.

“Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States,’’ James Sibley, supervising prosecutor of the DA’s Narcotics unit, said. “Overdoses have more than tripled since 2009 and now, with more than 40 people dying every day, outrank deaths due to traffic accidents.”

On Friday, May 11, Santa Clara County Special Enforcement Team (SCCSET) served search warrants on the Pain Management Clinic at 14125 Capri Dr., Suite #1A, in Los Gatos, operated by Mrdjen.

Mrdjen, a 1977 graduate of the University of Zagreb Faculty of Medicine in Croatia and admitted to practice in California that same year, was arrested on a $1,000,000 arrest warrant.  

The doctor was arraigned at 1:30 p.m. in Department 23 of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, on a 12 count felony complaint alleging that she conspired to sell controlled substances, by excessively prescribing narcotics (Oxycodone) to patients involved in illegal diversion and resale, according to the release.

Mrdjen also faces nine felony counts for issuing prescriptions outside the usual course of professional treatment and two felony counts for prescribing controlled substances to an addict. If convicted, she could face more than 12 years in prison, the release stated.

SCCSET is a multi-jurisdictional task force that targets mid-to-major level narcotic dealers, traffickers and manufacturers throughout Santa Clara County.

SCCSET was assisted in this case by investigators from the Medical Board of California and California Department of Justice, agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, and police officers from Los Gatos/Monte Sereno and Mountain View.

Jim Thrall May 14, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Wow, this is a good stop. Well done Los Gatos - Monte Sereno PD folks! This is just the tip of the prescription drug abuse iceberg - and does little to nothing to address the root problems. Addicts need treatment and help. Cutting off their source will send them to find another. Find her clients, help them, too, and make her pay for that.
carol musser May 14, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Dr. Mrdjen and Doctors like her do not belong in the medical profession. She obviously has no regard, respect or moral conscience for her medical obligations. Hope she never practices again. Why?....another money motivated avenue, tragically at the expense and detriment of her patients.
Sandra Vaurs May 15, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Why an obviously intelligent person who has invested the time and money to obtain a medical degree would risk it all is a real mystery to me. She chose her fate so unwisely.
LoyolaAlum May 15, 2012 at 03:17 AM
On the topic of Los Gatos doctors, Dr. Susan Greenberg-Englander has had a position for perhaps a decade on the Jesuit Los Gatos Sensitive Incidents Team (to advise the Jesuit Order on dealing with sex abuse). To address a potential conflict of interest Dr. Susan Greenberg-Englander should disclose the number of Jesuits she has had as patients during these 10-years or so.
LoyolaAlum May 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Dr. Susan Greenberg-Englander also had her deposition taken in a wrongful death lawsuit involving a Los Gatos resident.
Jefe May 17, 2012 at 01:16 AM
A close member of my family has been with this doctor nearly 5 years and the image being portrayed by the media on this is flat out disgusting....The fact is that people like you carol musser serve as a perfect example of a sensational media story's effect on puppets that rely and take the word of a written piece showing only the side of the story (and few facts) basically from a task force of drug cops. Seriously you want to know what the real dis-service is here carol? Try being one of the "non cop" or REAL patients, most with unbelievably crippling ailments of all kinds that amount to a level of pain you and I cannot possibly fathom. Not only does this pose the relatively small nuisance of going to a new doctor but the real problem is the underlying impact of stories like this that have such a profound impact on every single other doctor's willingness to write ANY prescriptions for drugs like this for people that actually benefit from them. Benefit as in the difference between having bed-ridden depression and pain so severe it can lead to suicidal thoughts and a controlled pain mangement that allows people to have more freedom and enjoy life. Now tell me please again who is doing who a dis-service to patients? The DEA needs to lay the f**K off good doctors trying to uphold the oath they took to help the ones they treat.
mangeles June 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Dr.Mrdjen my dr in Los Gatos rehab,if it wasn't for her I wouldve never got out of bed!It wasnt her fault the nerosurgeon did the surgery incorret got my a$$ out of bed stopme feeling sorry for myself pushed me to walk!Other wouldnt have give a ratsa$$ she did everyone gaveup on me!Yes it shows the injustice scco da have for rights if your not born in the great usa they just put immagration holdon you your dueprossess is out the window Long investigation.I know let's just say there is a leak in the system when it comes to their office except for the crupted cops that continue their legacy!By the way the info I obtained true and the da knows!minipulate the system!That's why their1 of the highest conviction rates in cal guilty b4 your innocent.Jesus says"he w/out sin,cast thy first stone!"sjda under more investigations than theyve investigated,1 more thing why do people in that office resine?Because theyve givin more innocent people life,to find out their innocent the whole time!Then pay out millions to compincate their mistakes!There not mistakes!the da are guilty than the crimminals!We must all meet our maker 1 day answer for our wrongs,so sjda clear your conscience soon!It's either heaven(where I'm going)or eternal hell were those that know their doing wrong don't correct it.media love stories,I got abunch I'm a born again Christian @ Cathedral of Faith were youll get the correct answers,nobodies perfect but it's never to late to change!Especially the lying media and the da.

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