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Local psychiatrist agrees to pay fine for improper prescriptions

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Jun 19, 2018

A Fairfield psychiatrist has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine for improper prescriptions.

Russell England agreed to pay a fine for prescribing excessive dosages, quantities and combinations of opioids, benzodiazepines and sedatives to multiple patients, benzodiazepines for his own use and sleep aids to members of his immediate family.

The Iowa Board of Medicine approved the charges and settlement against Russell England earlier this month. The board charges England with prescribing excessive dosages of benzodiazepines, used to treat anxiety, to people “for lenthy periods of time, without discussing and/or documenting discussions about the risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse, the increased risk of suicide, and the risk of dementia later in life.”

The board accused England of prescribing controlled substances to a patient who was a friend of his family and a colleague, without performing appropriate evaluations and without maintaining appropriate medical records.

Finally, the board charged England with prescribing benzodiazepines for his own use and sleep aids to members of his immediate family without maintaining appropriate medical records.

 

Penalty

England agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty within 20 days of the order, issued June 8. He is prohibited from prescribing controlled substances to treat chronic pain under his Iowa medical license. However, he may still prescribe medication for acute pain.

England will be on probation for three years, and be subject to a monitoring program in which he must submit every quarter the names of all patients receiving controlled substances.

He must pay $800 per year to cover the monitoring expenses each year that he is on probation.

England did not return a request for comment by deadline.

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