Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested an Erin, Tenn. dentist after he was indicted by the Houston County Grand Jury on March 5, 2012 for illegally prescribing controlled substances.
Dr. John S. Paffrath, 56, of 71 East Market Street, Erin, Tenn. was charged in the indictments with four counts of unlawful dispensing of prescriptions. TBI opened a case on Paffrath in June of 2011 after being requested by the 23rd Judicial District Attorney General’s Office to investigate allegations against him. Between January 2011 and July 2011, Paffrath prescribed at least four patients scheduled drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, xanax and valium without seeing the patients in his office. He prescribed the medications in quantities inconsistent with therapeutic necessity and for medical complaints outside his area of expertise. Paffrath works as a dentist at the Hilcrest Dental Clinic on East Main Street in Erin, Tenn.
Paffrath was booked into the Houston County Jail on $10,000.