Delaware Imposes Three-Year Suspension and $5,000 Fine on Dr. Muhammed Niaz for Unlawful Prescribing Practices
Delaware’s Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline suspended the medical license of Dr. Muhammed Niaz this week for three years and required that he pay a fine of 5,000 dollars for numerous violations of the state’s Medical Practice Act, specifically related to the prescribing of controlled substances.
“Dr. Niaz’s conduct demonstrates a willful disregard for professional responsibility to protect patients and the community from the very serious effects of drug abuse and illegal diversion,” said Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock.
The Board found that, among other violations, Dr. Niaz’s failure to document medical histories and test results; his failure to develop and follow appropriate treatment plans; his disregard of indications that patients were abusing medication; and basing prescribing decisions in large part on patient requests or representation rather than objective results “constitute such egregious deviation from the standard of care that this level of unprofessional conduct must be met with the appropriate discipline. That is, suspension.”
“When prescribed and used properly, medication can significantly improve the health and quality of life of people who are suffering with severe pain and other ailments,” said Dr. Gregory Adams, Board President. “When a medical professional does not follow proper protocol in prescribing and monitoring the use of medication, however, there can be significant negative impact on the patient and the community.”
The Board also held Dr. Niaz responsible for his lack of oversight of an advanced practice nurse who worked in his office. The nurse practitioner has also been accused of serious violations related to her prescribing practices.
In addition to the suspension and fine, which must be paid within 90 days, Dr. Niaz must complete 12 hours of continuing education related to drug abuse and addiction, the prescribing of controlled substances, and proper supervision practices before the Board will consider lifting the suspension in 2016.