Medical Board Inconsistent on Disciplinary Actions

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Mar. 8, 2010 12:00 am  



In hindsight, the case of Dr. Randeep Singh Mann seems much clearer.

Mann, disciplined for over-prescribing medication, has been linked to the deaths of 10 patients and is facing medical malpractice lawsuits in connection with two of the deaths. He denies the allegations.

But Mann's biggest problems are in U.S. District Court, where has pleaded not guilty to a 10-count indictment that includes a charge of using "a weapon of mass destruction" in connection with the car bombing that injured Pierce. If convicted, Mann could face life in federal prison.

In 2006, the board stripped Mann of his Drug Enforcement Administration permit to prescribe medication. Trice said the board didn't take stronger action because "the allegations in front of the board at that time were that he wasn't prescribing correctly or over-prescribing scheduled medication. You can't prescribe scheduled medication for your patients if you don't have a DEA permit."

And Trice said that Mann made repeated appearances before the board to request his DEA permit be reinstated, but the board continued to deny the request.

Trice said the board felt its 2006 order with Mann was sufficient because it prevented him from prescribing controlled substances, though he still could write prescriptions for blood pressure medications or antibiotics.

By contrast, the board took a much harsher action against Dr. William Collie of Little Rock, who had sex with a patient whom he later married. Trice said the board stripped Collie of his medical license altogether because Collie didn't recognize the boundary issue being violated by having a relationship with a patient.

Collie appealed to the state Supreme Court, which concluded that the board's decision was "arbitrary and capricious." It reduced the penalty to a one-year suspension of Collie's license.

"I don't always understand the workings of the Supreme Court or any court," Trice said. "We have our job. They have theirs."

See also: Mann Retained License Despite Deaths

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