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West Michigan Physician Summarily Suspended for Overprescribing Controlled Substances
Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280
April 25, 2018 - The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has summarily suspended the medical license of Albion physician Frederick W. Grove for over-prescribing controlled substances.
The Michigan Public Health Code provides for summary suspension of licenses when the public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action.
LARA also served an accompanying administrative complaint on Grove, alleging that he prescribed controlled substances for other than lawful diagnostic or therapeutic purposes and failed to conform to minimal standards of acceptable practice.
In 2017, the majority of Grove’s controlled substance prescriptions were for drugs that are commonly abused and diverted. The administrative complaint alleges that Grove prescribed dangerous combinations and dosages that could cause injury or death and provided little oversight to ensure his patients were not abusing or diverting their medications.
Governor Rick Snyder’s Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force called for a more comprehensive enforcement program against licensed health professionals and facilities who participate in overprescribing and over dispensing. Accordingly, LARA created a permanent Drug Monitoring Section which focuses on identifying, investigating, and pursuing appropriate disciplinary actions against individuals who overprescribe or divert controlled substances, and individuals and facilities who over dispense controlled substances.
An order of summary suspension is a temporary measure to protect the public and not a final determination that a licensee has violated the Public Health Code.
For more information of LARA’s regulation of health professions in Michigan, please go to michigan.gov/healthlicense
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