LAS VEGAS – A doctor accused of improper search prescription records of the dead shooter after the Oct. 1 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, will invoke his constitutional right against self-incrimination on an upcoming Nevada State Pharmacy Board disciplinary hearing, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Dr. Ivan Goldsmith has been the focus of a “witch hunt” for the source of a newspaper article about Stephen Paddock of the rules in the days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, attorney E. Brent said Bryson.
Bryson accused board officials of “grandstanding to try to influence the public opinion about Dr. Goldsmith, paint him in a negative way for the seat.”
Nevada State Recipe Board attorney Brett Kandt denied the grandstanding claim and refused to comment on the complaint against the Goldsmith.
“It is important that the case not be tried in the media,” Kandt said.
The disciplinary hearing stems from an Oct. 3 report of the Las Vegas Review-Journal about the Paddock to have been prescribed diazepam, an anti-anxiety drug better known as Valium. The report cited Nevada Prescription monitoring program records, which are protected with a password.
The Recipe Board complaint accuses the Goldsmith for the search of Paddock’s profile of the patient to confirm that he is not of the patient, and the access to the database five times for “to make public or allow to be disclosed to the press,” Paddock, on the order of the data.
Bryson refused to say whether the Goldsmith, a weight loss specialist, who the lawyer said had pain management patients of other practices, access to Paddock’s records. He said Goldsmith plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to give evidence against himself in Sept. 5 board meeting in Reno.
Goldsmith could face the revocation of his Nevada license to prescribe medicine if he is found to have violated the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the patient privacy law known as HIPAA.
Kandt and another board attorney told the Review-Journal, that Goldsmith was the only provider that managed to access Paddock’s profile of the patient after his death.
Two other doctors received letters of reprimand for a failed attempt to gain access to the records after the Review-Journal story was published, and Paddock’s prescription profile had been locked, the newspaper said.
Bryson said Goldsmith moved in the past few months to Florida, where he is licensed to practice medicine, and now works with a family member in the financial industry.
The lawyer said that he spoke to Goldsmith, refused to say where in Florida his client had moved and said the move had nothing to do with the pharmacy board case.