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Kraynak trial pushed back from Feb. to May



WILLIAMSPORT — Dr. Raymond Kraynak’s trial on 19 charges related to unlawfully dispensing opioids has been postponed until May.

Federal Judge Matthew W. Brann, of the U.S. Middle District in Williamsport, filed an order Wednesday continuing Kraynak’s trail from Feb. 5 to May 7.

He cited a motion filed by the Mount Carmel physician’s attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender Thomas A. Thornton, Jan. 3.

Thornton had asked for at least two months additional time because he had not yet received discovery materials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Kraynak, 60, was taken into custody Dec. 21 on an indictment alleging he operated a “pill mill” resulting in the death of at least five patients. The indictment said he was the state’s top prescriber of opioids for a 19-month span between Jan. 1, 2016, and July 31, 2017, and had prescribed 2.8 million dosage units of various types of opioids to 2,838 patients.

If convicted, he faces 20 years imprisonment on each of the five counts connected to the deaths.

Kraynak surrendered his DEA license to dispense controlled substances as part of a bail agreement, and the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine (SBOM) suspended his license.

A hearing on Kraynak’s license suspension scheduled for Jan. 19 has been postponed, according to Department of State Press Secretary Wanda Murren. No new date has been set for the hearing, which will be open to the public and held at the department’s headquarters in Harrisburg.