Winter 2014
Volume 3, Issue 1

“STEROID DOC?”

PRESCRIBED STEROIDS WITHOUT ADEQUATE PATIENT EXAMINATIONS OR PATIENT CARE Acting on the results of an investigation by the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs’ Enforcement Bureau, the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners (Board) found that a physician prescribed hormones including testosterone (a Controlled Dangerous Substance under state and federal law) and other medications at an “anti-aging clinic” without performing adequate patient examinations or providing adequate individualized care. The Board also found that the physician provided prescriptions to himself and family members without creating detailed medical records; maintained incomplete and deficient medical records; failed to obtain informed consent prior to treating a patient; and failed to safeguard the use of his prescription pad and prescribing authority by allowing an individual who was not a licensed doctor to participate in the care and treatment of patients. The physician received a six-month license suspension, to be followed by a two-and-a-half year probationary period. The physician also must successfully complete three Board-approved courses in ethics, medical record-keeping and informed patient consent, and basic blood analysis and physical examinations. The Board further ordered that, for six months following the physician’s return to practice, he must hire a pre-approved monitor to submit monthly reports on any new prescribing of anabolic steroids and to ensure that any such prescribing is consistent with accepted medical standards. The physician was ordered to pay $56,675 to the State, including a $30,000 civil penalty and the rest to reimburse the State’s investigative costs and attorney’s fees. The physician neither admitted nor denied the State’s allegations but told the Board that he has voluntarily ceased offering bio-identical hormone treatment.


IN OTHER NEWS...

INAPPROPRIATE PRESCRIBING AND FAILURE TO COOPERATE WITH BOARD’S INVESTIGATION A psychiatrist has agreed to the temporary suspension of his medical license and New Jersey CDS Registration amid allegations that he engaged in repeated acts of negligence, malpractice or incompetence by writing prescriptions for addictive painkillers without medical justification. The physician is alleged to have violated a 2011 agreement with the Board that prevented him from prescribing CDS for pain management and also failed to cooperate with the Board’s investigation of his practice, thus committing professional misconduct. The Division of Law complaint alleges that the physician failed to conduct physical examinations of patients before prescribing painkillers for them; failed to document and maintain patient treatment plans; failed to consider other alternatives to painkillers or to refer patients to pain management specialists; violated State laws and regulations by providing large quantities of short-acting painkillers at frequent intervals; and failed to conduct toxicology testing of patients. 

 


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