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New Jersey attacked 31 physicians in 2016. In 2015, 19 doctors were disciplined for similar violations. So that is a total of 50 doctors attacked in 2 years. This shows how the state Boards of Medicine are in bed with the government instead of being a separate entity for supervising the medical profession, as doctors are led to believe.

The suspicion that I have with these cases is what they were investigated for and how. They were pointedly picked out because of their prescribing opioids. The Division of Consumer Affairs investigated them and the State Board of Medical Examiners within the Division of Consumer Affairs meted out the sanctions. “We will not allow anyone, least of all members of the medical profession who have pledged to ‘do no harm,’ to work against us” said Steve Lee, director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. So that should be a warning to all doctors in New Jersey: do NOT prescribe opioids. And my guess is other states will follow suit.

According to the media, this was a result of the Christie administration’s focus on combating heroin and opioid addiction. But government is the major cause–taking out the doctors that know how to prescribe pain medications, leaving the states defunct in pain management, and forcing chronic pain patients to the street for self-treatment.

Here is some fake news for you. State Attorney General Christopher Porrino stated “Four out of five new heroin users are getting their start by abusing prescription drugs.” That is NOT true. But it makes for good media propaganda.

Porrino also stated “Physicians who grant easy access to the drugs that are turning New Jersey residents into addicts can be every bit as dangerous as street-corner dealers. Purging the medical community of over-prescribers is as important to our cause as busting heroin rings and locking up drug kingpins.” That statement is how the government uses Title 21 or the Controlled Substances Act, against good, compassionate, innocent physicians to forfeit their assets.

The result of the government attack on the doctors in 2016 was: eight lost their license, five served long-term suspensions, 17 have had their license temporarily suspended pending the outcome of hearings, and one retired, all supposedly for “using their prescription pad to make money and feed the illegal drug market,” according to Porrino.

The doctors attacked with their punishment {$ means they had to pay the state money} include:

  • Chowdhury Azam of Edison: 5-year suspension, permanent ban of some CDS prescribing; costs–pending.
  • George Beecher, MD of Warren: Temporary suspension pending disposition of criminal charges.
  • Frank Campione, PA of Brick: Temporary suspension of license and CDS registration.
  • Alexis Corazon, MD of Paterson: Voluntary cessation of practice and prescribing all medications. Respondent will undergo full evaluation and assessment prior to resuming practice.
  • James Cowan Jr., MD, a psychiatrist in Ridgewood. Temporary suspension for indiscriminate prescribing, failure to keep proper patient records, and aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine by his wife for using his pre-signed prescription blanks to dispense drugs like Adderall and Xanax to his patients. Cowan is 72 y/–perfect victim of a government interested in confiscating assets.
  • Jason D’Amico of Totowa: Surrender license pending resolution of criminal charges.
  • Steven Forman, DPM of Clementon: 5-year suspension, $$
  • Anthony Greenberg, MD of Newton: Temporary suspension.
  • Amgad Hessein, MD of South Orange: Revoked medical license. $$$
  • Ronald Intellisano, DO of Gloucester Township: Imposed 5 year suspension. $
  • Mohamed Kawam Jabakji, MD in Prospect Park. Revoked license for prescribing “without proper medical justification” and failing to routinely screen his patients for drug-seeking behavior. $$$
  • Darius Jasinski, DPM of Pequannock: 3-year suspension, $$
  • Byung Kang, MD of Little Falls: Temporary suspension of Medical License and CDS Registration pending outcome of criminal matter.
  • David Lee, MD: Permanent retirement.
  • Kenneth Lewandowski, MD in Red Bank. Revoked license after he was criminally convicted in a prescription drug distribution ring while suspended from practicing medicine for DWIs.
  • James Ludden, DPM of Red Bank: Temporary suspension for both medical license and CDS registration.
  • Vivienne Matalon, MD, a family physician in Cherry Hill and Camden. Temporary suspension indiscriminately prescribed the oral spray painkiller Subsys to three patients, one of whom died. Off-label use of drugs is common practice, but has now become an avenue of attack for the DOJ.
  • John McGee, MD of Bayonne: 5-year suspension of medical license. Permanent cessation of prescribing of HGH and CDS; $$
  • James Morales, MD of Toms River: Temporary suspension pending disposition of criminal charges.
  • Vasili Moschowitz, MD of Barnegat: Permanent revocation of medical license; $$$
  • Thomas Newmark, MD of Cherry Hill: Permanent revocation.
  • Manoj Pathakar, MD of Edison: Permanent revocation of both medical license and NJ CDS registration. .
  • Jay Rosen, MD of South Jersey: Retirement
  • Herbert Rudolph, MD of Manahawkin: 5-year suspension; $$
  • Michael Rutigliano, MD of Paramus: Temporary suspension.
  • Ronald Scott: Permanent revocation
  • Andrew Stoveken of Edison: Temporary suspension pending disposition of criminal charges.
  • Kenneth Sun, MD of Phillipsburg: Temporary suspension of medical license.
  • William Wolfe, MD of Voorhees: Temporary suspension of medical license and CDS Registration.
  • Jane Dateshidze of Medford: Temporary Suspension of Pharmacy License.

 

Six of those listed are other licensed professionals – a physician’s assistant, a chiropractor, a pharmacist, a pharmacy technician, social worker and a hearing aid dispenser. If you have any information on any of these cases, please share with me as a comment or on a Contact Us page.

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