Rumford physician receives warning from state medical board

AUGUSTA — A Rumford physician has been warned by the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine and must stop prescribing controlled substances for the treatment of chronic pain.

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Albert Aniel

Albert Aniel, who has a practice in Rumford but lives in Mexico, signed a consent agreement Sept. 10, conceding that the board has sufficient evidence to conclude that he violated the standard of care concerning medical record keeping, diagnosing and treating Lyme disease, and prescribing controlled drugs for the treatment of nonmalignant chronic pain.

As a condition of the agreement, effective Nov. 1, Aniel is not allowed to prescribe controlled substances for chronic pain unless he has a chronic pain patient in skilled nursing facilities or long term care facilities, in hospice care, or who has metastatic cancer.

Aniel must also successfully complete a medical record keeping course within six months.

The Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine is made up of six physicians and three members of the public appointed by the governor.

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Betty Davies's picture

I hope caution won't be overdone.

Many people do genuinely suffer chronic pain from neurological conditions. When all else fails, opiates may be prescribed. Without out access to this medication, their days and nights are excruciating.

Looks like this physician did prescribe when there was little or no need, and kept poor records--suggesting that he was indeed at fault and was properly disciplined.

Somehow a balance must be struck. It would be a shame if people in real distress are deprived of needed medication... This can happen if physicians become so wary of getting into trouble that they refuse ever to prescribe opiates.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Rumford physician receives warning from state medical board

Mainers , 13.09.13 ƒriday the 13th 16:40 hst ?
**it happens ; overprescribing •
/s , Dr. Dosh HI

Eric  LeBlanc's picture

Sounds like bureaucratic pigs are dictating how doctors

Sounds like bureaucratic pigs are dictating how doctors administer care. Maybe it's time to bring back the guillotine.


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