It's hard to imagine that any psychiatrist judged responsible for the deaths and injuries of forty-six patients -- including five suicides - would still be allowed to practice medicine. It's even harder to imagine why pharmaceutical companies would still hire him to speak and consult for them, especially when his misconduct has been featured in The New York Times, Dateline NBC, The Boston Globe and The New Yorker. But this is Minnesota. We do things differently here.
And so when Dr. Abuzzahab was disciplined again in 2006 for writing prescriptions for patients using false names, nobody blinked. The same was true for his most recent appearance before the Board of Medical practice last November. This time he "prescribed excessive quantities of medications for multiple patients." (Take a guess what kinds of medications those were.) According to the Board, an "audit revealed that in seven patient cases, Respondent's prescribing practices and procedures failed to meet the minimum acceptable standards of medical practice."
The punishment, of course, is another slap on the wrist. And this time he doesn't even have to take an ethics course.