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No bail again for doctor in illegal pill case

Dr. Eric Jacobson comments as DEA agents raid

Dr. Eric Jacobson comments as DEA agents raid his office in Great Neck on Dec. 1, 2012. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A federal judge Thursday denied bail for a Great Neck doctor accused of illegally dispensing oxycodone and other painkillers to numerous patients, including Medford pharmacy killer David Laffer.

This is the second time U.S. District Judge Joseph Bianco in federal court in Central Islip has declined to release Dr. Eric Jacobson, 51, on bail.

Bianco ruled against releasing Jacobson in July 2012, shortly after the doctor was arrested by federal agents.

Jacobson is charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and five counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

At a hearing Thursday, Jacobson's attorney, Bruce Barket of Garden City, said his client has no medical license, no patients and no office so he could not prescribe painkillers.

Other Long Island doctors accused of illegally prescribing painkillers, Barket said, have been released on bail.

Bianco said doctors in those cases had not hired proxies to operate their practices and continue to prescribe oxycodone after surrendering their medical licenses.

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