Camden Courier Post - November 22, 1980

Doctor charged with using Phils’ names for drugs

 

By Tim Pettit, Associated Press

 

HARRISBURG – State drug agents charged a Reading doctor yesterday with using the names of five players on the Philadelphia Phillies to illegally prescribe drugs.

 

Dr. Patrick Mazza, 56, was accused of prescribing amphetamines by using the names of Steve Carlton, Greg Luzinski and his wife Jean, Pete Rose, Randy Lerch, Larry Christenson, former player Tim McCarver and Sheena Bowa, wife of Larry Bowa. None of the players and wives was charged, said Attorney General Harvey Bartle.

 

"There is no evidence indicating any participation by the players in the illegal conduct," said state Justice Department spokesman Stephan Rosenfeld.

 

The drug story first emerged last summer, when the Phillies were battling for the National League baseball pennant. The Trenton Times said in a copyright story that state narcotics officials wanted to question some Phillies and members of their Reading farm club concerning reported illegal prescriptions.

 

The Reading Phillies use Mazza as their team physician. He was working with the team when some of the current Philadelphia Phillies played on the Reading club.

 

Several Phillies players hotly denied that they were tied to any criminal activity. Third baseman Mike Schmidt, mentioned in the newspaper account, called the report "totally ridiculous," and first baseman Rose said the only doctors he knew in Pennsylvania were the team physicians for the Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

Besides Mazza, Robert L. Masley, 54, of Reading, and his son, Robert M. Masley, 24, also of Reading, were charged in the case. They were accused of taking the prescriptions to four Reading pharmacies, having them filled and receiving the drugs, Bartle said.

 

In all, Mazza is charged with illegally writing 23 prescriptions that totaled 2,630 dosage units of various amphetamine compounds, Bartle said.

 

A routine check of pharmacy files in Reading was the key to the charges, said Richard Weatherbee, director of Pennsylvania's Drug Law Enforcement office.

 

That check found that the drugs Dexamyl, Dexedrine, Eskatrol and Preludin had been written in the names of Philadelphia Phillies players.

 

Specifically, Mazza was charged with 23 felony counts of prescribing drugs "beyond the scope of the doctor-patient relationship," Bartle's statement said.

 

Robert L. Masley was charged with with 11 counts of obtaining drugs by fraud. Robert M. Masley was charged with 16 counts of obtaining drugs by fraud.

 

Mazza could not be reached for comment.