The state Medical Examining Board fined a Greenwich doctor $3,000 on Tuesday for failing to justify prescribing high doses of opioids for patients in 2015 and 2016. The board also reprimanded the license of Dr. Francis X. Walsh, placed his license on probation for six months and ordered him to take courses in medical documentation and controlled substance prescribing, a consent order he agreed to said. In prescribing the drugs in his office practice, Walsh failed to properly document that he had examined the patients and failed to justify “potentially dangerous dosing and combinations of medications,” the order said. During the probation, Walsh must hire a doctor to review his office practice. Walsh has surrendered his state registration to prescribe controlled substances in that practice, state records show.
A Stamford doctor has surrendered his Connecticut medical license rather than face disciplinary charges for letting two unlicensed men perform liposuction on two unsuspecting patients at his spa in Stamford in 2011. Dr. Marlon Castillo voluntarily surrendered his license Feb. 29, according to a consent order presented to the state Medical Examining Board Tuesday. The board agreed to drop the pending charges against Castillo, who was convicted in New York in 2014 for aiding or abetting in the unauthorized practice of unlicensed medicine. The board dropped the charges on the advice of lawyers from the state Department of Public Health, who said that continued prosecution of the case was unnecessary because Castillo no longer has a medical license.
The state Medical Examining Board on Tuesday fined a Norwich doctor $5,000 for mishandling the care of his diabetes patients and fined a Bridgeport doctor $5,000 for improperly documenting prescriptions. The board also fined Dr. Thomas Cocco of Bridgeport $3,000 for inappropriately prescribing drugs to himself, his son and his wife. It also barred him from performing surgery because his fine motor skills are impaired, state Department of Public Health records show. Also in a highly publicized case, the board dropped sexual assault charges against Dr. Tory Westbrook because the Glastonbury doctor, who has been convicted of sexually assaulting patients, had voluntarily surrendered his medical license May 9 as part of a plea agreement. In levying a $5,000 fine, the medical board found that Dr. Hervey Weitzman of Bridgeport had failed to properly document prescriptions for his daughter and another person between 2010 and 2011.