Man testifies at trial of doctor accused of prescribing 50,000 pills to patient

A former patient of a Nova Scotia doctor accused of drug trafficking and fraud says he did not receive pills even though records show they were prescribed to him.

Merle Chase was testifying at the trial of Dr. Sarah Dawn Jones, who has pleaded not guilty to possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, drawing a document without authority and fraud.

The Crown alleges Jones wrote prescriptions for 50,000 oxycodone and oxyneo pills to a hospital patient, but the drugs were diverted to the community.

Court heard today that Jones prescribed oxyneo in Chase's name multiple times in 2014, but the 68-year-old retired truck driver testified that he did not receive the bulk of those prescriptions.

Last week, the judge in the case ruled that information provided to a medical regulator would be excluded from the trial.

The defence had argued a letter and interview Jones provided to the College of Physicians and Surgeons in September 2015 were provided under compulsion.