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Houston pill mills targeted in five-day raid

Last month the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and 14 local and state authorities raided a dozen Houston pain clinics suspected of running pill mills. Approximiately 150 investigators helped raid the medical centers over a five-day period on 50 issued search warrants.

The agencies had been investigating the suspected clinics for eigth months before jumping into action. Thousands of boxes containing medical records, financial records, and computer data have been taken into evidence.

According to the Houston Chronicle, four physician assistants, 13 advanced nurse practioners, three doctors, and five pharmacies have been forced to give up their federal licenses that allows them to prescribe controlled substances. Nearly two dozen more doctors are still being investigated by the Texas Medical Board.

If you are at risk of losing your medial license due to a criminal conviction, contact the experienced license defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm today by calling 512-495-9995.

Irving doctor barred from performing surgery indefinitely

The Texas Medical Board has barred an Irving doctor from performing any cosmetic, reconstructive, or plastic procedures after he performed a nine-hour liposuction on a patient who later suffered serious complications.

According to officials, the physician’s knowledge of the liposuction procedure relied entirely upon reading a book provided with the liposuction machine, completing an online course, and performing one procedure under the supervision of another surgeon.

The restriction has been in place since mid April and will be in effect indefinitely until another order by the board is issued. In a disciplinary hearing, the board discovered the doctor performed the surgery on a patient he previously deemed unsuitable for the procedure.

If you are facing an investigation or disciplinary action, contact the medical license defense lawyers of the Leichter Law Firm at (512) 495-9995 today.

State hospitals renovate for patient safety

Ten state hospitals will undergo minor renovations in order to improve patient safety, says the Department of State Health Services.

More than $100,000 will be spent on retrofitting over 300 doors of treatment rooms with two foot by three foot windows in order to prevent patients from being abused by medical staff. The agency says that the transparency will make the hospitals safer for everyone.

These renovations come in the midst of two high profile allegations against state doctors who are accused of sexually assaulting patients in their offices. In the rooms that cannot be fitted with windows, cameras will be installed.

If you are a physician facing an investigation or disciplinary action, contact the Texas medical license defense lawyers of the Leichter Law Firm today at 512-495-9995.

Austin psychiatrist’s license suspended due to abuse accusations

The Texas Medical Board has suspended an Austin-based psychiatrist after accusations of sexual abuse surfaced.

The doctor, a psychiatrist for mentally ill patients, is accused of abusing at least nine teenage boys in his care over a twenty year period. He was fired late last month from the Austin State Hospital. The psychiatrist has not been formally charged with a crime, but he is barred from practicing while an investigation by four state agencies are investigating the claims.

Currently the Austin Police Department, the attorney general’s office, the Texas Rangers, and the Office of Inspector General for the Health and Human Services Commission are leading a joint investigation.

If you are facing an investigation or disciplinary action, contact the Texas medical license defense lawyers of the Leichter Law Firm today at 512-495-9995 to speak about preparing your defense.

Well-known surgeon faces assault charges

Michael Glyn Brown, well-known for his commercials promoting the Brown Hand Center, is on trial facing assault charges on his fourth wife. The 54 year-old ex-surgeon is accused of twisting his wife’s arm behind her back after throwing two vases and a Joanne King Herring Humanitarian award at her.

Their nanny and security guard, who were both present and witnessed the fight, testified that both of them were arguing and physically fought with one another. If Brown is charged and convicted of assaulting his wife, he could face probation to 10 years behind bars. His sentencing is more severe and could lead to felony charges since he admitted to beating his third wife in 2002. Brown currently has his medical license revoked after he tested positive for cocaine in 2006.

If you are in danger of losing your physician license, contactthe Texas physician license defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm by calling 512-495-9995.

Fertility doctor who treated Octomom will be losing license

T he doctor who gave fertility treatments to Octomom, Nadya Suleman, before she conceived octuplets was told last week that he will be losing his medical license in July.

The Medical Board of California based the decision to revoke the doctor’s license on the fact that he “did not exercise sound judgement” when giving fertility treatments to Suleman and two other women who also conceived multiple children at once. One 48-year-old woman became pregnant with quadruplets following fertility treatment. She then suffered complications during pregnancy because of the number of children in her womb. Another woman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer following fertility treatments.

Attorneys of the doctor have argued that he was simply doing his job by giving fertility treatments to the women who requested them. They have asked the Medical Board to put the doctor on probation rather than revoke his license.

If you or someone you love is at risk of losing a medical license, please contact the Texas medical license lawyers of the Leichter Law Firm at 512-495-9995.

Cardiologist’s License Restricted for Controversial Stem Cell Therapy

A Florida cardiologist recently had his medical license suspended because members of the Board of Medicine wanted to prevent him from performing stem cell transplants that have not been approved and have not been shown to work in the treatment of diseases.

The cardiologist began holding educational seminars to teach people about the usefulness of stem cells. He also began transplanting stem cells into the organs of disabled patients, with claims that it would cure their disabilities, although no research has proven that stem cells can cure or treat disabilities. His patients’ results were mixed, as one man got better and another died almost immediately following the surgery.

It is not clear if t he cardiologist will be incurring any legal action for his surgeries, or if he will lose his license, however, he is still performing surgeries in the Dominican Republic and holding seminars.

If you are a doctor who is in danger of losing your medical license, please contact the Texas medical license defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm at 512-495-9995.

Michael Jackson’s doctor loses medical license

Michael Jackson’s physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, had his medical license revoked on January 11 for his alleged involvement in the star’s death.

Murray is facing criminal charges for manslaughter after administering a sedative to Michael Jackson that is believed to have been fatal to Jackson.

Propofol, the drug in question, can be addictive. Jackson had a history of addiction to pain killers dating back to 1993.

Losing your medical license can have a drastic effect on your livelihood and your career. If you are in danger of losing your professional license, contact the Texas medical license defense attorneys of the Leicther Law Firm today at (512) 495-9995.

Grand Rapids denies lone applicant for medical marijuana grower’s license

Several months ago, the city of Grand Rapids passed a statute to require medical marijuana growers to procure licenses as home-based businesses. However, since that time, the city has not issued a single license. The new ordinance requires that the businesses obtain a $224 license and undergo regular inspections. The lone applicant was denied by city officials.

Some critics say that the terms of the new ordinance are too restrictive and that it was designed with the intent to drive these types of businesses out of the city. The state is home to 45,800 medical marijuana patients.

If you need assistance securing, retaining, or reinstating your professional license, an experienced professional licensing lawyer from the Leichter Law Firm can help. To learn more, contact our offices at 512-495-9995.

Doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death to keep medical license

The doctor who was criminally charged after Michael Jackson’s death will keep his Nevada medical license after a case involving child support payments was closed last week. He had been under recent investigation by a medical board in Nevada over allegations that he had provided falsified information about child support payments.

The doctor’s spokeswoman says that t he doctor believed he was complying with medical board regulations while he was negotiating payments with the mother of his child. He agreed to pay for the cost of the investigation and recieved an official repremand.

If your medical license is under dispute, contact the Texas medical license defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm at (512) 495-9995.