June 24, 2018
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Former Bangor psychiatrist fined, reprimanded for self-prescribing

By Meg Haskell, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine – Psychiatrist Joshua Werblin, a specialist in child and adolescent psychology who worked briefly at The Acadia Hospital in Bangor, was formally reprimanded by the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine in a consent agreement signed June 1.

Werblin also was fined $4,000 and ordered to complete courses in opioid prescribing, medical record keeping, medical ethics and professional boundaries.

In the agreement, Werblin admits that the board has sufficient evidence to conclude he self-prescribed controlled drugs and provided medical treatment, including prescribing controlled drugs to his girlfriend, without creating and maintaining appropriate medical records.

In a three-month span, Werblin issued 15 prescriptions for himself and four for his girlfriend, including prescriptions for powerful doses of the stimulant Concerta, commonly prescribed to control the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to the consent  agreement. Werblin’s girlfriend was not his patient, according to the agreement, and the prescriptions written for her were actually for his own use.

In addition, Werblin admits to asking a colleague in Olympia, Wash., to write him a prescription for Concerta, which the other physician did although Werblin was not his patient.

Werblin, who graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine in 2001, obtained a temporary licence to practice in Maine and started working at Acadia in June 2010. He no longer has an active Maine license.

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