Mann Retained License Despite Deaths

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

At a hearing on July 7, 2006, Mann agreed to surrender his certificate to prescribe controlled medications indefinitely, but his medical license was not pulled. And, despite his history, the board held out hope that he could reapply for the permit to prescribe controlled drugs after three years.

Trice said the board agreed to the consent order because without the DEA permit, Mann couldn't "deal in controlled drugs."

Trice said it takes time to impose punishment on a doctor. "We have to gather the records and have them reviewed and the like," he said. "It's not that quick a process."


Seeks Military Service

Without the DEA permit, Mann had a limited practice.

Mann lost "quite a few patients who really needed pain management, but had to find other physicians," Dr. Mann's wife, Sangeeta "Sue" Mann, said in a court hearing.

Dr. Mann kept trying to get his privileges back, in letters that grew more and more desperate. He told the Medical Board in a December 2006 letter that he had contacted military recruiters to see if he could serve as a doctor in Iraq, but his restricted licenses disqualified him from service.

Mann also said his "financial situation, too, has continued to worsen," and he asked the board for help in finding a job with a physician group.

On March 27, 2007, Mann fired off another letter to the board.

"This has not only involved my professional life, but my personal life as well. To be working less than a full schedule has been the hardest feat for me to endure since my graduation from medical school in December of 1980," he wrote.

Mann begged the board to reconsider his case.



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