On July 20, 2017, the Iowa Board of Medicine (“Board”) filed its Statement of Charges against an Iowa family practice doctor who engaged in pain management, charging him with willfully or repeatedly violating a lawful rule or regulation adopted by the Board when he violated the standards of practice for appropriate pain management.
The Board charged the Iowa pain management doctor with indiscriminately or promiscuously prescribing, administering or dispensing drugs for other than a lawful purpose between 2011 and 2017, resulting in serious harm to patients and the public, including, but not limited to: prescribing large quantities of potentially lethal medications to numerous patients; failing to assess and/or document appropriate assessment of patients’ need for chronic opioid therapy; failing to perform and/or document appropriate evaluations of patients’ substance abuse histories and coexisting conditions; failing to perform and/or document appropriate monitoring, including consideration of the appropriateness of continued opioid therapy, the use of other treatment modalities, urine drug testing and evidence of abuse, misuse or diversion; continuing to prescribe large quantities of potentially lethal medications to patients despite evidence of abuse, misuse or diversion; prescribing Methadone to patients despite the fact that they were participating in a structured opioid treatment program; frequently writing multiple prescriptions for high dose opioids to patients simultaneously to be filled at multiple pharmacies; prescribing large quantities of opioids and benzodiazepines to patients at the same time placing them at increased risk of harm, including unintentional death; prescribing an exceptionally high volume of Pseudoephedrine, a drug that is frequently abused in combination with other stimulants, opioids, or benzodiazepines and which is used as a raw material for the manufacture of Methamphetamine; prescribing an exceptionally high volume of Codeine, a drug that is frequently abused in combination with other stimulants, opioids, or benzodiazepines; prescribing a potentially fatal number and combination of opioids and benzodiazepines to patients with histories of depression and suicidal ideation; and, failing to maintain appropriate medical records, inter alia.
The Iowa pain management doctor agreed to enter into a settlement agreement in which he agreed to not prescribe controlled substances with the exception of testosterone and patients in residential hospice and nursing home settings, until the matter is resolved. A hearing on the administrative charges is scheduled for September 21, 2017.
The 50-year-old Iowa pain management doctor was sued by the family of his former patient who overdosed from painkillers and died in 2014, when he was 31-years-old. The former patient’s parents allege in their Iowa medical malpractice lawsuit that their son had a documented history of drug abuse and suicidal thoughts when the defendant Iowa pain management doctor prescribed oxycodone, gabapentin, and clonazepam to him, and the defendant doctor negligently failed to refer their son to a pain treatment specialist and to a psychiatrist. The Iowa medical malpractice case is scheduled for trial in April 2018.
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