Detroit Physician Summarily Suspended for Overprescribing Controlled Substances

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June 15, 2018 - The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) served an order summarily suspending the medical license of Detroit physician Dawn D. Foster for overprescribing 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 Foster, alleging that she prescribed controlled substances for other than lawful diagnostic or therapeutic purposes and failed to conform to minimal standards of acceptable practice.

LARA’s complaint indicates that in 2017 and early 2018, Foster prescribed alprazolam and oxymorphone -- both commonly abused and diverted controlled substances -- in large amounts. In addition, the complaint alleges she prescribed dangerous combinations and dosages that put her patients at substantial risk of injury or death.

LARA also issued a subpoena seeking nine of Foster’s patients’ records. She was only able to produce six of the records requested, according to the complaint.

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.

LARA encourages all concerned residents, patients, parents and peers to file complaints against health professionals who may allegedly be risking public health, safety or welfare.

LARA values and relies on complaints from patients and residents to spur investigations into licensed health professionals who are potentially violating the Public Health Code. Each and every complaint received by the department is reviewed and analyzed by professional licensing staff.

For more information on filing a complaint with the department, visit Michigan.gov/BPL or review the Citizen’s Guide to Filing a Complaint.

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