Mon April 18, 2011
Six doctors disciplined
By MEGAN HALL
Providence, RI – Six doctors have received reprimands from the Rhode Island Board of medical discipline and licensure. Among them, a doctor who charged Rhode Islanders to recommend them for the state's medical marijuana program.
According to the Department of Health, Dr. Yogesh Pancholi advertised his services in a local magazine, offering to evaluate patients for a medical marijuana card in exchange for around 350 dollars in cash.
The disciplinary report says he also closed his medical office in Pawtucket and left his patient's medical records inside.
This isn't the first time Pancholi has run into trouble. The Physician Health Committee says he struggles with alcohol and marijuana abuse and has bought chemicals to hide his drug use over the internet. His license has been suspended.
Among the other reprimanded physicians was Dr. Alexandra Thran, who wrote about a patient's condition on Facebook. Although she didn't use any names, the details made it possible to figure out who she was writing about. She's been fined five hundred dollars.
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