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Too many prescriptions may raise medical licensing questions

It's normal for most Pennsylvania doctors to write prescriptions on a daily basis. However, a situation in another state makes it evident that if authorities think a particular doctor has written too many prescriptions in one year it may lead to medical licensing trouble. The doctor in this case apparently wrote thousands of opioid prescriptions in a single year's time.

He is psychiatrist, not a medical doctor, and the medical board has suspended his license while it investigates the situation. The board seems to be especially concerned with the fact that many of the prescriptions were filled in a city other than the two where the psychiatrist's practices are located. A spokesperson for the medical board said the fact that the doctor holds no registration for a pain management clinic raised the board's interest in the case and prompted investigation.

Another concern has to do with reports that state some of the prescriptions were written during time periods when the psychiatrist himself was in the hospital. It's not uncommon for inspections and audits to occur when a doctor writes a substantial amount of prescriptions. This particular doctor's situation got worse when investigators claimed he was uncooperative.

This led to the medical board labeling him as a danger to the public. There may be Pennsylvania doctors currently facing temporary medical licensing suspensions. Such situations can often be rectified when appropriate defense is presented at administrative hearings. Any doctor worried about the status of his or her license can turn to an experienced attorney for support.

Source: caller.com, "Questionable opioid prescriptions cost South Texas doctor his license", Eleanor Dearman, Feb. 1, 2018

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