Saginaw Physician Suspended for Overprescribing Controlled Substances - Armaning Sarkodie
May 19, 2017 – On May 18, 2017, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) summarily suspended Dr. Amaning Sarkodie’s license to practice medicine pursuant to the Public Health Code, which provides for the immediate suspension of a health professional’s license when the public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action.
LARA filed an Administrative Complaint alleging that Dr. Sarkodie of Saginaw, MI overprescribed commonly abused and diverted controlled substances, such as carisoprodol, alprazolam, hydrocodone, and oxycodone for other than lawful medical purposes. The complaint alleges Dr. Sarkodie routinely prescribed medication, including addictive opioids to patients for other than lawful medical purposes.
LARA’s investigation found prescription data from the Michigan Automated Prescription System revealed from January 2015 to May 2017 Dr. Sarkodie authorized more than 20,000 controlled substance prescriptions.
Recommendations made by Gov. Snyder’s Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force called for a more comprehensive enforcement program against licensed health professionals who participate in overprescribing. As a result, LARA established a Drug Monitoring Section that works to identify, investigate and seek enhanced sanctions against licensed health care professionals who overprescribe dangerous drugs, such as opiates, for other than lawful medical purposes.
Click here to view LARA’s Administrative Complaint.
For more information on disciplinary actions taken by the health professional licensing boards within LARA, please go to http://www.michigan.gov/healthlicense.