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Update: 4-10-15 FL Board of Medicine “discipline” (lack of) Meeting

During this physician “disciplining” (lack of) meeting where we held a “peaceful protest”, Pill Mill doctors set free with little to no reprimands to their licenses, a physician who committed automobile insurance fraud was denied reinstatement of his license, and a physician who committed Medicaid fraud had his license reinstated.

Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero is on the case.

WSVN (Channel 7)– The Florida Board of Medicine has given a license back to a local doctor with multiple DUI’s and a grand theft conviction involving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars.

http://www.wsvn.com/story/28864029/state-gives-felon-doctor-his-medical-license-back

So, regardless of the “public health safety issues”, we now have a convicted physician felon practicing medicine in our state. Yes, it appears that if you have an outstanding felony background, you can practice medicine in Florida. Yet, non-physician Floridians, with a felony background can even get a job at McDonald’s.

Alert for FL physicians: do not commit auto insurance fraud because you will loose your medical license, but you can commit Medicaid fraud and still keep your license. And that is how we roll in FL, by NOT “protecting the public health safety of FL citizens”. Any question why FL remains the best state to practice grossly negligent medicine?

FYI, Florida is #1, once again, for the top prescribing/dispensing of Dilaudid (hydromorphone). Pill Mills (Urgent Care Centers) alive and well, just under the radar.

As long as the physician retains their license, this man made(Big Pharm) physician controlled CDC declared fatal narcotic epidemic will continue.

More than 101 physicians who worked at the 189 now closed/administratively revoked/voluntary surrender Broward County “pain management clinics” still have a clear and active medical license.

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Peaceful Protest Board of Medicine Meeting

Peaceful Protest YPR TAM FARR 4-10-15 BOM

FL Physician Narcotic Scripts; Multi-State Devastation Continues

This is a “doctors” office?

Yes it is, in Florida.

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The self regulated FL physician community did nothing and continue to do nothing. Its very obvious, since 2009, that this is “acceptable standards of medical practice”. FL physicians must endorse this type of medical practice, as the PILL MILL physicians continue to maintain the privilege of practicing medicine in our state. Verified by the lack of disciplinary performance by the medical boards.

Why and how does ensuring “quality medical standards” and “ensuring the public HEALTH safety of FL citizens” become the job of law enforcement?

It is NOT their job, it is the job of the governor appointed medical boards, and the DOH/MQA.

They and the governor have failed to uphold this stated mission,

allowing lives to be destroyed and allowing fatalities to continue.

In addition to the destruction of FL lives and families, lives and families along the “OxyExpress”

KY/GA/OH/WVA/NY/PA/MD/NH/MA/NC/SC/TN

have been lost and devastated due to FL physicians.

The minimum requirement to run a Pill Mill is a PHYSICIAN

“The affiliated VIP Pharmacy was, authorities said, dispensing more oxycodone than any other retail pharmacy in the nation — more than 27 times the amount sold by the average Florida pharmacy and 49 times the national average. A lone doctor labored inside the clinic to accommodate the demand from drug seekers, many from other states including Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky.”

Pill Mill Owners Turn Snitch to Cut Jail Time

http://tbo.com/news/crime/pill-mill-owners-turn-snitch-to-cut-jail-time-20150301/?page=1

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Simply click on the T-Shirt image on the right hand side of our blog.

Pain Doc Charged With 3 Deaths: > 17 per DOH records – FL Medical Board has done nothing

A pain management doctor in Pinellas Park is facing the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison after three people died because he prescribed them drugs they didn’t need, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Dr. Edward Neil Feldman
Dr. Edward Neil Feldman
Credit Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

At least 17 more deaths due to this FL licensed physician.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/doctor-accused-in-three-overdoses-but-records-show-more-patients-died/2213203#gig_comment_id=$commentID$ 

 

Dr. Edward Neil Feldman was arrested Tuesday and charged in three counts tied to the deaths. He and his wife, Kim Xuan Feldman, are also being charged with five counts related to drug conspiracy, money laundering, and other illegal financial transactions, according to the Times.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/grand-jury-blames-pinellas-park-pain-doctor-for-deaths-of-three-people/2212764

According to the FL DOH, Dr. Feldman has 3 Administrative Complaints (from the public) dating back to 2010.  All 3 complaints are about him over prescribing oxycodone, otherwise known to the general public as running a Pill Mill.  He is a “controlled substance prescriber” and a “dispensing practitioner” with a clear and active medical license. (Dispensing narcotics from a physician office became illegal during the 2010 legislature – thanks to Senator Fasano)

LINK to complaints NOT yet heard by the FL Medical Board after an almost 5 year delay:

https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/FinalOrderNet/folistbrowse.aspx?LicId=19778&ProCde=+1501&discpln=AC+Filed

What has the FL Board of Medicine done? Nothing as usual even though their mission is to “protect the public health safety of FL citizens”. Nor has the FL Surgeon General John Armstrong done anything. He has the power to emergently suspend a physician license if “lives are in imminent danger”.
Florida is, and will remain the Pill Mill Capitol of the US. This is the reason why FL is not seeing a big spike in heroin deaths like other states  – because the Pill Mills are still here!

One can conclude that the governor appointed medical boards are fully responsible for this PHYSICIAN prescribed drug epidemic whose epicenter is Broward County. It is now a national, CDC declared epidemic, morphing into a heroin epidemic. But keep in mind, there are more deaths from PHYSICIAN prescribed drugs than heroin.  Let’s keep our eye on the ball – the PHYSICIAN,

And, the FL PDMP (E-Forcse) is not mandatory for physicians to use – see previous blog. REALLY? Nor will Senator Sobel, or any Senator for that matter, step up to the plate to protect the citizens they represent. Shameful!

More FL licensed physicians still practicing medicine with 53 deaths associated with their medical practice:

Florida: Home of the largest Pill Mills in the US

Cynthia Cadet, MD:  https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/irm00Praes/PRASINDI.ASP?LicId=83379&ProfNBR=1501

Joseph Castronuovo, MD: https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASINDI.ASP?LicId=101304&ProfNBR=1501

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-08-25/health/fl-hk-george-pill-mill-20110824_1_pain-pills-pain-clinic-prescription-drugs

Not only SHAMEFUL but CRIMINAL!

FL’s PDMP (E-Forcse) is in jeopardy – petitioning for “mandatory” usage

The success of and data reliability of ANY data base, is first,

that it be used.

Florida physicians and other prescribers usage of FL’s PDMP (E-Forcse)

VOLUNTARY!

As a result, only 12% of prescribers are using the FL PDMP in the

The Pill Mill Capitol of the United States

 

We are petitioning YOU to help us save lives!

 

Senator Eleanor Sobel (D – District 33), Vice Chair of the FL Health Policies Committee, said she would sponsor a Bill for us making the usage of the PDMP, by physicians, mandatory for schedule II, III, and IV drugs.

http://www.flsenate.gov/senators/s33 

Eleanor Sobel

The bill would include the interstate exchange and possibly Naloxone and decreasing the 7 day window for script data entry.  We have recently spoken with her office and were told the bill is written, however Senator Sobel is having second thoughts regarding actually filing this bill.

We need all of you to call her office and tell her why Florida needs to strengthen the PDMP by mandating physician usage.

Things to say when you call and/or leave a message:

  1. The PDMP is ineffective if physicians are not using it and we will continue to lose lives.
  2. FL will continue to see unacceptable physician prescribed over dose rates.
  3. There is a federal push for the mandatory use of the PDMP federally via S.2839
  4. The AMA supports full funding and staffing for up-to-date, interoperable, at the point-of-care prescription drug monitoring programs that are integrated into a physician’s workflow. And the AMA has communicated its support for most elements of the Obama Administration’s Plan to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse and Diversion including a national PDMP with interstate exchange operating in real time.
  5. Federally, S.2839 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act 2014, includes the mandate for usage of a PDMP with inter-state exchange operating in real time. US Senator Bill Nelson (FL-D) has cosponsored this bill. http://www.billnelson.senate.gov/

Call Senator Sobel

        954-924-3693(Broward) or 850-487-5033(Tallahassee)

Email Senator Sobel:

        Yale Olenick: olenick.yale@flsenate.gov

Call/Email your Senator or Representative:

Senator: https://www.flsenate.gov

Representatives: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/representatives/myrepresentative.aspx

Thank you for helping us save lives during this CDC declared PHYSICIAN prescribed drug epidemic.

 

Heroin use is a public health emergency

that calls for legislative solutions

(8/10 heroin users started with a PHYSICIAN prescription drug)

The Washington Post – January 2, 2014

LINK: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/heroin-use-is-a-public-health-emergency-that-calls-for-legislative-solutions/2015/01/02/b9a8cb6a-8fb0-11e4-ba53-a477d66580ed_story.html

Naloxone in FL? Board of Medicine says YES!

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On Friday, December 5, 2014, the Florida Board of Medicine said “YES” to a Florida physician who was asking permission to prescribe naloxone to his patient at risk of opioid overdose, for administration by a third party to that patient, via intramuscular(IM) kits, off-label intranasal (IN) kits, or auto-injector.

Florida takes a HUGE step!

It has been a lot of work since our little One Spark project, but it has been worth every blood, sweat and tear.

Thank you, doctors, for exhibiting tremendous courage!

StoppNow (Maureen Kielian)logoand Suncoast Harm Reduction Project Suncoast Harm Reduction Project (Julie Negron and Wendy Nebrija) were in attendance to support the efforts of Skeeterhawk’s Kelly M Corredor.

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Only 12% of FL Physicians Using PDMP

Florida’s PDMP, E-Forcse has been in operation for @3 years.

Only 12% physicians are voluntarily complying.

 

Florida, particularly Broward County,

is the epicenter of this now national opioid epidemic.

 

It appears that the “epicenter” and “Pill Mill capitol” will remain associated with Florida physicians. FL physicians are not using a tool that has been proven to work.

FLORIDA – Where is the outrage?

FL physicians NOT using a tool that is data proven to save lives!

FL physicians started this problem, and are continuing the problem!

“Dispensing” practitioners are required to enter the script information into the PDMP.  

Urgent Care Centers are popping up left and right.  In fact, across the street from each other. Yes, they can dispense narcotics.  Are they using the PDMP as required?  Who is checking dispensing physician practitioners compliance? And, what are the ramifications of non-compliance?  Will their license be in jeopardy? Of course not.  That’s how the FL “governor” appointed medical boards roll in Florida.

 Pill Mill Capital /OxyExpress

Chapter 2 is in full swing.

11-14 PDMP Usage Florida Board of Medicine

DEA Workshop

Stoppnow was invited to speak at the Statewide DEA workshop held November 5th 2014. We are very grateful to the role DEA and Law Enforcement has played to eradicate the epidemic of prescription drug abuse that our country is plagued by.  We were pleased to be invited to spend the afternoon with the Diversion Agents and share our experience with the tragedy and suffering of so many in our communities. We appreciate all that they and law enforcement are contributing. Sherrif Lamberti once said that we can’t arrest our way out of this; but quite often that seems to be the case.

We have requested a meeting with the Florida Surgeon General, John Armstrong and look forward to addressing a solution to the backlog of high prescribing doctors. They are not being brought before the Board of Medicine in a timely manner and continue to be licensed and prescribing and causing deaths.

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Pill Mill Closed: Doctors STILL Practicing Medicine

Clinic owner charged with running $15 mill. pill mill

Wellness Center of Broward is closed.  But, guess who still retains the privilege of practicing medicine in the state of Florida today 10/23/14?

Dana Richard, DO and George P Jones, MD.

Dr. Richard was previously disciplined for over-prescribing narcotics.

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This PHYSICIAN prescribed drug epidemic will never end until the FL Medical and Osteopathic Boards do their job, and uphold their mission of “protecting the public health safety of FL citizens”.

 The owner was extradited to Kentucky – yet the physicians are still practicing medicine.  You can’t have a “pain clinic/wellness center/urgent care center without a PHYSICIAN.

The PHYSICANS are the root of this national epidemic.

Joel Shumrak
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The owner of a South Florida pain clinic is accused of writing prescriptions for trouble, supplying out of state dealers and drug addicts with some popular pain pills. Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero has the exclusive.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) — According to federal authorities, $15 million in pain pills traveled through the Pain Center of Broward and into the hands of addicts and drug dealers in Kentucky.

7Skyforce hovered over the scene on Tuesday as the Fort Lauderdale clinic was raided and the clinic’s owner, Joel Shumrak, was arrested. The 66-year-old is accused of running a pill mill.

Carmel Cafiero: “Good morning. Are you Mr. Shumrak?”

Joel Shumrak: “No.”

Carmel Cafiero: “You’re not?”

It was 2012, and it was Shumrak. Carmel Cafiero was questioning Shumrak about Dr. Leonard Haimes, who worked for Shumrak until the doctor’s license was suspended.

The state accused him of prescribing more than 10,000 highly addictive oxycodone and other pain pills to five patients.

Cafiero: “I’d like to talk with you about Dr. Haimes and the suspension.”

Shumrak: “I can’t talk about Dr. Haimes.”

Cafiero: “Why not? This is your clinic. He’s been accused of failing to…”

Shumrak: “Dr. Haimes doesn’t work here anymore.”

Cafiero: “Right, but he was working here when the state claimed.”

Haimes’ license was later revoked, but Shumrak continued in business, until now.

“Thank you, God, that the DEA in Kentucky worked in conjunction with our DEA, federal and closed them down,” said Janet Colbert of  STOPP Now, a group that rallies against pill mills.

Activists have protested at the clinic for years and consider Shumrak’s arrest a success.

Maureen Kielian, also of  STOPP Now, asked, “My question now, this clinic’s closed, what about the doctors? Because you can’t have a pill mill without a physician. They are the root problem. Florida has failed its citizens.”

The clinic was accused of causing the overdose deaths of two of those citizens. Heather Belleme and her boyfriend, Chance Wilson. The claim was settled, but the families’ attorney thinks the clinic should have been closed long ago. “How was he permitted to operate this clinic on a federal highway for three years after my clients had died?” said Attorney Jeffrey Fenster. Federal authorities have seized Shumrack’s assets, including 43 bank accounts, three cars and his Boca Raton home. The business is closed, and there is an eviction notice on the door.

Today (6/5/14) the only ones celebrating are activists who worked to get the clinic closed.

Shumrak will be sent to Kentucky to face the charges. His attorney said his client is pleading not guilty.

LINK:  http://www.wsvn.com/story/25706925/clinic-owner-charged-with-running-15-million-pill-mill

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A doctor’s office with an armed security guard is

“good medicine”?

Yep, that’s Florida!

 

 

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