Dear Secretary Okoronkwo, Attorney Smith and Dr. Saito,
There is something else I would like you to provide to the Medical Board and the Pharmacy Board.
One of my complex, high risk patients for serious or life-threatening Covid just got Covid. The patient and I wanted him treated with hydroxychloroquine. I reviewed his dozen or so medications and discussed all potential drug interactions and how to ameliorate them, and we decided to proceed.
But the problem was finding a pharmacist willing to dispense the drug.
I was eventually forced, when the pharmacist called a few minutes ago and asked me for the diagnosis, to provide misinformation: that I was prescribing the drug for Lyme disease, as this was the only way to get a potentially life-saving drug for my patient.
IMHO, the 2 Boards have forced me to provide misinformation in order to practice ethical medicine.
Isn’t it time that everyone got back to practicing medicine in the best interest of our patients? Why have the Medicine and Pharmacy Board interfered with the legal practice of medicine and pharmacy, in which safe, licensed drugs are being prescribed and dispensed off label with the patient’s informed consent? This conforms with the law and with medical practice as I have known it for the 41 years in which I have had a medical license.
The 2 Boards created this problem and they need to solve it, asap.
I note that there are 3 vacancies on the Board of Medical Licensure. I would like to apply for one of those positions. I believe a practicing internist like myself, with extensive knowledge of legislative and Congressional functioning, and regulatory compliance, will fill a gaping hole in your current roster.
Meryl Nass, MD
Here is their contact information in case you, too, feel compelled to write to them.
|Savannah Okoronkwo||Investigative Secretary||(207) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Saito, Kenji MD, JD||Medical Director||(207) email@example.com|
|Smith, Dennis, Esq.||Executive Director||(207) firstname.lastname@example.org|