Board: Bangor doctor improperly prescribed pain drugs

Posted Sept. 13, 2012, at 4:09 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor physician has been reprimanded by a state licensing board for improperly prescribing drugs to patients complaining of chronic pain.

Kevin Miller must stop prescribing controlled substances for the treatment of chronic pain, unless he has a chronic pain patient in a skilled nursing facility or long-term care facility, in hospice care or who has metastatic cancer, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine. Miller agreed to the restrictions in a Sept. 11 consent agreement with the board.

The concerns about Miller’s care included a lack of examinations and adequate medical records and monitoring. The licensing board cited the absence of written controlled substance contracts, and said Miller apparently allowed patients to self-regulate prescribed medications and get early refills.

All disciplinary actions by the board are reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank, the Health Integrity and Protection Data Bank and the Federation of State Medical Boards Action Data Bank. The board is charged with protecting the health and welfare of the public by verifying the qualifications of physicians to practice and disciplining physicians for unprofessional conduct and incompetence.

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