|(Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)|
Ms. Tseng who surrendered her license last year has been charged with manslaughter for allegedly prescribing painkillers with little or no medical examination to three patients who later overdosed. For the record, Ms. Green does not and has not represented Ms. Tseng and would never comment on a current or former client.
Given the emphasis on the rise of prescription drug abuse and addiction in the United States, physicians who prescribe narcotics for pain management are caught in the cross-hairs of this "war" against prescription drug addiction. Any physician who prescribes pain medication -- even on occasion -- should keep up on this issue and ensure that their medical record keeping and protocols meet the standard of care.
Ms. Green just finished a Medical Board trial this week on a physician who prescribed pain medication to an undercover DEA agent and was facing an Accusation due to the deficiencies in his physical examination and record keeping. It is our belief that the DEA is reviewing CURES reports on physicians and checking to see if any patients in their 20s and 30s are receiving scheduled pain medication and other narcotics and are referring cases to the Medical Board for record review.
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