Colo. psychiatrist faces April trial in California
February 14, 2009
DENVER ” A Colorado psychiatrist accused of prescribing an antidepressant over the Internet to a Stanford University student who later committed suicide is to go on trial April 20.
California prosecutors have charged 67-year-old Christian Hageseth III of Fort Collins with practicing medicine without a license. His attorney, Carleton Briggs, says the case could set a precedent for whether prosecutors can criminally charge a doctor who is not in their jurisdiction.
Prosecutors say Stanford University student John McKay ordered a generic form of Prozac from an online pharmacy in June 2005 and that Hageseth electronically “signed” the prescription request.
Two months later, McKay killed himself in his mother’s California home.