Lawrence Doctor Illegally Prescribing Painkillers, Medical License Suspended

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on July 9, 2012

According to an article posted on NJ.com, a cardiovascular specialist practicing at the Advanced Urgent Care in Lawrence, New Jersey has had his medical license suspended after admitting to prescribing painkillers to patients without the appropriate registration.

Improperly dispensing controlled dangerous substances, such as narcotics, is in violation of the terms of a medical license.

This doctor’s office was inspected in June by investigators from the Division of Consumer Affairs’ Enforcement Bureau, at which time the doctor admitted to violating the terms of his license. Furthermore, he admitted to having instructed his staff to call in patient prescriptions to pharmacies with another doctor’s certification and name. The inspection also yielded unlabeled and expired controlled dangerous substances, which, according to employees, were usually housed in an unsecured and unlocked cabinet.

This is not the first time this doctor has faced “charges” of unethical practice contrary to the terms of his licensure. In February 2011, the State Board of Medical Examiners restricted his license after allegations of misconduct and substance abuse.

A healthcare professional that does not fulfill his or her duty to provide the standard of care is a danger to patients and can cause serious injury or death. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or illness due to negligence or malpractice on the part of a healthcare professional, you may be entitled to pursue legal action.

The experienced NJ medical malpractice lawyers at Blume Forte can help you determine whether you have a meritorious claim. Call (973) 635-5400 for a no-cost consultation of your legal rights and potential options.

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