Roanoke Doctor Improperly Prescribes Medications, Medical License is Revoked

Roanoke physician Steve Collins recently had his medical license revoked by the Virginia Board of Medicine after it was determined that he improperly prescribed pain medications, as well as other prescription drugs, to a patient he was dating. The Board found Collins failed to properly examine the patient – who became his girlfriend and part-time employee – to determine they were medically necessary and did not administer urine screenings to ensure the drugs were not being abused. If you or someone you know is facing an inquiry, hearing or disciplinary action by a regulatory body governing your profession, contact an experienced Florida professional license defense attorney right away.

Defend Your Livelihood

Professional licenses may be required for several different careers. At all times during which a professional is licensed by the governing regulatory authority, he or she will be subject to the rules and regulations set forth by that particular licensing board. Some professions that require a license include, but are not limited to, doctors, dentists, lawyers, architects, nurses, contractors, psychologists, accountants, chiropractors, realtors, and pharmacists. An inquiry or hearing of a license professional not only places the accused’s career at stake, but can also tarnish their reputation.

Each regulatory board differs in the rules and regulations under which a licensed professional is bound. Generally, however, a license may be put in jeopardy if any of the following acts are committed:

  • Violation of ethical codes or rules;
  • Unlicensed practice;
  • Complaints by clients or patients;
  • Failure to maintain proper records;
  • Substance abuse;
  • Failure to meet professional standards;
  • Criminal convictions;
  • Malpractice complaints; or
  • Incapacity or cognitive impairments.

An investigation or charge of a professional license can be defended in several ways. Although the procedures vary slightly by profession, usually there is an initial fact-finding process (investigation) and then a formal hearing before a board of peer and state professionals (hearing). An experienced and aggressive Florida professional license defense attorney may respond to the fact-finding inquiry and end the investigation or, alternatively, appear before the board to defend and preserve a client’s right to practice.

Get Legal Help Now

Contact a Florida professional license defense attorney today to discuss any alleged violations of a licensing board’s rules or regulations. The law office of Carl H. Lida, P.A. has years of experience defending professionals in disciplinary hearings as well as in front of licensing boards. Don’t put your livelihood at risk – improve your chances of being able to continue practicing in your profession by retaining legal representation. Call (954) 472-5001 today to schedule your initial consultation.

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