A Tampa pain specialist recently voluntarily relinquished his license rather than fight the charge of inappropriate prescribing.
This Tampa doctor faced a Florida Department of Health complaint filed last year that said he over-prescribed several types of painkillers to a patient. This same patient was sent to prison after being convicted of robbing pharmacies.
When the doctor appeared before the Florida Board of Medicine in August, he said he had treated the patient appropriately and had not seen any signs of addiction. The physician said he wanted to avoid the lengthy evidentiary process at the Division of Administrative Hearings since he had his own health issues. He sold his pain clinic and withdrew from practicing medicine.
The Florida DOH can’t suspend a physician who appears on a settlement agreement. They can only request that the Florida DOH prosecutors seek a suspension through a formal hearing if the physician will not agree to it. The Secretary of DOH, the surgeon general, can suspend a doctor’s license on an emergency basis if there is legal cause to do so, but the physician can often get court permission to resume practice during the appeal.
By law, when the board gives the physicians a counter-offer to the settlement, they have time to think it over. This doctor voluntarily relinquished his license, which ended the proceedings.
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