Board: Las Cruces Neurologist License Revoked
POSTED: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 11:03pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 31, 2012 - 11:06am
Las Cruces, N.M. — The New Mexico medical board has revoked the medical license of a Las Cruces neurologist who has been linked to at least 17 toxicity related deaths from prescription drugs.
Earlier this year we reported Dr. Pawan Kumar Jain topped a list of prescribing doctors in the entire state of New Mexico, even out pacing the entire University of New Mexico Medical School combined in the number of prescriptions written to patients.
At a September hearing in Las Cruces, Chief Medical Investigator Debbie Dieterich said over a one year period Dr. Jain prescribed more than 3 million doses of controlled substances to more than 3,000 patients.
Through her investigation Dieterich said they also found evidence of more than 300 prescription written on dates where airline records show Jain was traveling out of town.
Dieterich said the evidence showed Jain was not spending time with patients before prescribing medication.
At that same hearing, the state heard from expert witness Dr. Robert Zuniga, a board certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician from Albuquerque.
Zuniga testified on the procedures used when performing an epidural injection.
He said Jain's technique was not correct.
"He's not even close to being in the place he needs to be in performing an epidural injection," Zuniga said.
Zuniga testified Jain's methods were awkward and not common practice but also not illegal.
He said the doctor was not properly injecting patients with medication and his doses were dangerously high.
This afternoon the medical board voted unanimously to revoke Dr. Jain's license to practice medicine in New Mexico and ordered him to pay $12,000 in costs for his hearing.