Friday, January 23, 2015

Former President of Minnesota Psychiatric Society disciplined yet again

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.

5 comments:

  1. He used to be my psychiatrist...he used to push certain drugs and at very high doses. When I would bring my prescriptions to the pharmacy, the pharmacist would question the dosage. I quit seeing him after three appointments. The first two appointments he was at least 45 minutes behind. When I arrived for the third appointment, I was told that he was running about 1½ - 2 hours behind. I told the receptionist to cancel my appointment and that they better not charge me or my insurance company. They had the audacity to ask when I wanted to reschedule my appointment, I said NEVER. Dr. Faruk Abuzzahab should not be allowed to practice any form of medicine anywhere ever again!

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  2. It's just as disgusting or more to think that the medical board hired either Chuck Schulz or David Adson to consult on Abuzzahab's case, knowing full well that neither of them would find any real wrongdoing, or even if they did, would never recommend any type of real discipline. Both Schulz and Adson have had a relationship over the years with Abuzzahab through the U-MN or Fairview Riverside and the "good old boys club" with pharma backing is alive and well.

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  3. I have known Dr Abuzzahab for about 30 years and have only known him as compassionate and caring when it came to my medical care. I believe that most doctors are cowards when it comes to psychiatric medications. They are ruled by the threat of lawsuits from greedy lawyers and sanctions from corrupt state medical boards. At least Dr Abuzzahab has the courage to practice in the best interest of the patient and not the government.

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  4. He has been a lifesaver for many because he thinks out of the box...thank God for Dr. Abu. Unfortunately, some will die. I'm one that did not because of Dr. Abu's quick and reality based approaches to drug therapies. He doesn't mess around waiting for nothing to happen.




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  5. I have a sister who was violently raped at age 13, she turned to drugs to numb the pain because they couldnt get her to counceling. She did drugs ever since, then she met Abuzzahab at some point several years ago as the go to guy, since he has a title of psychiatrist, but all he did was use her for her appointments paid for by MNCARE since she couldn't work due to addiction, this guy did a horrific job at figuring out her psyche issue, she should have been sent to counceling, but she kept going back to him like a junkie she would run over there at random times to get her fix (RX) She got worse and worse and worse, no job, her pains got worse every year, she is skin and bones because she can't eat due to the OXY and similars, and now she went to Heroin, He didn't look at the root of the problem. Those pains everyone says they have! Oxy etc, will only CAUSE your body to loose its ability to dull any pain on its own, so it only will get worse if you take these, if that's what you want, fine, but she is hopeless now, useless to society, as a phych. he didn't even give her documentation or notice her SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS which came up over the years, so for sure she can't work now. I saw one of her RX's and indeed it had odd samples and large quantities scribbled all over it, when she was a freakin mess. And is way worse now. The only reason she stopped seeing him is when he couldn't prescribe for a while there recently. But I think he gave her another contact. Thanks a lot Doc, why didn't you get her REAL psychotherapy or rape counceling for being a rape victim, and for her victim mentality? I hate seeing my sister the way she was and she even sold her pills to make money, if he only knew what he's supported. SAD

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