Volume 6, Issue 1
“DR. KNOW IT ALL?”
Physician License Suspended for Indiscriminate Prescribing of CDS By means of a consent order dated December 28, 2016, the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners (the “Board”), summarily suspended a physician’s license, pending further Order of the Board. The physician was accused of indiscriminately prescribing Subsys®, described as “a highly-potent and near instantaneous-acting sublingual spray formulation of fentanyl – an opioid approximately fifty times more powerful than heroin and one hundred times more powerful than morphine,” to several non-cancer patients for whom the drug was contraindicated. In prescribing this drug in this manner, the Attorney General alleged that the physician had jeopardized his patients’ welfare with reckless or willful disregard of the drug’s known unequivocal and well-established risks, and also flouted the rules, requirements and parameters pertaining to its appropriate use and prescribing which the physician, as a medical professional licensed by the Board, had expressly acknowledged understanding and by which the physician had agreed to abide. The Attorney General further asserted that these allegations, if proven, would palpably demonstrate that the physician’s continued practice of medicine would pose a clear and imminent danger to the public health, safety and welfare in violation of the law, and would provide the Board with grounds to suspend or revoke the physician’s license to practice.
IN OTHER NEWS...
Physician Reprimanded by Reason of Reciprocal Discipline By means of a consent order dated December 20, 2016, the Board summarily reprimanded a physician based upon reciprocal discipline imposed in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation had entered into a consent order with the physician reprimanding the physician for failing to have adequately supervised unlicensed individuals employed at a medical weight loss and wellness center with which the physician had been affiliated. The Illinois consent order also suspended the physician’s CDS license for thirty (30) days, effective November 1, 2015, and thereafter placing the CDS license on cancelled status. The Illinois consent order also required the physician to dissolve the weight loss and wellness center, pay a $50,000 fine and complete 50 CME credits directly relating to professional responsibility and medical ethics. The physician was also disciplined by the States of New York and Maryland and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The physician waived his right to a hearing before the New Jersey Board and agreed to a reprimand upon the basis of the discipline imposed by Illinois.
Physician's License Revoked for Guilty Plea in Child Pornography Case By means of a consent order dated December 19, 2016, a physician agreed to surrender his license to practice in New Jersey, with the surrender to be deemed a revocation with prejudice to reinstatement. On April 15, 2015, the physician pled guilty in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts to distribution and possession of child pornography, and on July 21, 2015 was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison, five years of supervised release, a fine, forfeiture of computer equipment, participation in the Residential Drug Abuse Program, sex offender treatment and registration as a sex offender. As a result of this plea, the New York State Board of Professional Medical Conduct revoked the physician’s license to practice in New York. The physician’s New Jersey license had previously lapsed for failure to have filed a biennial registration statement in 1987, resulting in an automatic suspension, and the December 19, 2016 consent order prohibits the physician from reapplying for a New Jersey medical license.
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