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Fallston Doctor Has Medical License Suspended

Rakesh K. Mathur, who maintained a pain management practice in Fallston, had his medical license suspended due to "suspicious" activity involving narcotic drugs.

Rakesh K. Mathur, a doctor at Intractable Pain Clinic in Fallston, has had his medical license suspended in part due to large orders for oxycodone, according to a state board that oversees health care licensure, and published reports.

Mathur's medical license was suspended Feb. 7 and his practice closed days later, according to documents from the Maryland Board of Physicians and a story on Explore Harford.

The board made the decision after "concluding that the public health, safety or welfare imperatively requires emergency action," documents from the board state.

The investigation into Mathur included a July 2010 complaint from the Drug Enforcement Administration that Mathur made large orders of oxycodone from a provider and the amount was "suspicious," according to the board documents.

Mathur told the board the "suspicious" order was the first made with that provider and different companies have different "permissible thresholds," according to the documents.

In December 2010, the board received another complaint from an investigator with a national health care plan who said Mathur allegedly prescribed, "unusually high amounts of narcotics for the majority of his patients," the board documents state.

According to the same documents, a patient told the board she felt pressured to get her prescriptions filled at the in-office dispensary.

Among the allegations against Mathur are that he prescribes multiple long-acting prescription drugs "indiscriminately and typically without documented medical necessity," documents state.

The Maryland Board of Physicians subpoenaed 15 patients' records, and after a peer review, concluded in 10 out of 15 cases Mathur allegedly failed to meet standard of quality care and in all 15 cases did not maintain adequate medical records.

Mathur told the investigator conducting an on-site review that he has, "a 'different' philosophy of pain management and is ostracized by his peers as a result," documents state. He said he does not recommend invasive procedures and saves insurance companies and patients money.

Mathur added he believed a woman he had discharged as a patient may have a grudge against him and had, "spread rumors that he was causing patients to become addicted to narcotics," according to the board documents.

Twyla Shreve Criss February 23, 2012 at 05:57 PM
They should have gone a step further and prosecuted him in addition to suspending his license. Isn't there enough problems in the world without doctors turning patients into drug addicts?
Andrea February 23, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Twyla, your comment is MUCH appreciated by those of us with Fibromyalgia- thank you.
Ashley February 23, 2012 at 09:22 PM
If there is an investigation ongoing then that's likely why they haven't prosecuted yet.
Kassie February 23, 2012 at 09:31 PM
There are people in Harford County who actually need pain medications just to function: cancer, failed back surgery, birth defects, severe injuries, amputations, fibromyalgia, gout, severe arthritis, etc. Being judgemental serves no one. These legitimate patients were left with no doctor, no medications and in severe withdrawal with the overwhelming pain back in full force. Its a medical emergency for any of those folks and their welfare was not taken into consideration - mallpractice on the part of the state of Maryland. I agree that a charlatan should be shut down and punished, but his patients deserved better than what they got.
Ashley February 23, 2012 at 09:44 PM
If they believe a doctor is out writing unnecessary scripts than everyone who that doctor serves could potentially be in danger, so it's better to let that doctor serve no one while an investigation is ongoing. This doctors patients I'm sure do deserve better, but that have no one to blame but the doctor. Health care professionals are well aware of the regulations on narcotics and smart ones don't step outside of the boundaries.
Ashley February 23, 2012 at 09:45 PM
*they, not that.
Twyla Shreve Criss February 23, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I was not talking about the people who need it. I was talking about the people who abuse it and the doctors who are their drug dealers. I understand there are a lot of people who are having a hard time right now because this doctor closed up with no warning. I happen to know one of them.
Andrea February 23, 2012 at 11:34 PM
THANK YOU, Kassie! That's exactly the message that I hoped my sarcasm, above, was hinting at!
dolores irwin February 25, 2012 at 01:14 AM
some people need to see a pain doctor and when you go to get your records they only give you the last 3 months so now everything you have had done you have to do over that is what is really messed up
Mercedes February 29, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I was a former patient of Dr. Mathur's and also, only given 3 months of records - and cannot believe there was no transition plan in place - and I, as well as many other innocent critical care/chronic pain patients were left without necessary monthly medicine or a physician - and as of this date have not been able to find another same type of physician, which are limited in the marketplace, to prescribe the controlled medication needed, abused by many, that is respected and needed by patients & physicians, to manage extensive critical/chronic pain conditions. Closing the office without a transition plan in place victimized many innocent patients, should not have happened and hope there is a plan in place in the future.
Ahmad0001 December 18, 2012 at 06:24 AM
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