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What are you Hiding South Carolina Medical Board?Marianne Skolek Salem-News.com
Why are US states disciplining doctors by making them read a book authored by a misleading drug profiteer under Senate Investigation?
(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Last week I wrote an article about the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice requiring disciplined physicians to read Scott M. Fishman, MD's book "Responsible Opioid Prescribing" endorsed by the State Federation Board of Medical Boards in all 50 states as well as Canada. The US Senate is investigating Fishman, his book and the State Federation Board of Medical Boards for their downplaying the risks of opioids (narcotics) in the treatment of chronic pain. Fishman was quoted in his book under investigation as writing "A person can become pharmacologically dependent to a pain medication but addiction does not always or usually occur."
After conducting my own research, I determined that many medical boards throughout the U.S. and Canada are requiring disciplined physicians who are looking to have their medical licenses restored read Dr. Fishman's misleading book minimizing the risks of addiction when a physician prescribes narcotics to patients.
I decided to email my own state medical Board -- the South Carolina Medical Board to ascertain if they require physicians to read Fishman's book under Senate investigation. Below is the email I sent to two directors of the SC Medical Board:
From: Marianne Skolek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Lesia.Kudelka <Lesia.Kudelka@llr.sc.gov>
Sent: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 12:56 pm
Subject: Disciplined Physicians in SC
I never received a reply from Ms. Kudelka -- even after sending her a follow-up email. Something make you uncomfortable Ms. Kudelka?
Below is the email I sent to Jim Knight of the Medical Board:
Mr. Knight -- please advise if the South Carolina Medical Board requires
disciplined physicians who have had their medical licenses suspended to read
Scott M. Fishman, MD's book "Responsible Opioid Prescribing" as endorsed by the
Federation of Medical Boards as a condition of having a medical license
reinstated. Your reply would be appreciated.
I did have to send a follow-up email to Mr. Knight and I guess he realized I was not going away without an answer from him. His reply to me was:
Now I'm beginning to become annoyed with the South Carolina Medical Board. "....the board routinely requires ... that the doctor take a board-approved course on prescribing. We don't know if that book is part of the curriculum." Not a good answer Mr. Knight and I doubt that the US Senate is going to buy what you are selling either. If you require a board approved course on prescribing -- you would know what book was approved.
I sent another email to Mr. Knight asking that he advise me the name of the book. No surprise -- no reply from him.
In the past, I have written that there is blood on the hands of physicians who minimized the risks of addiction from narcotics in their talks to the medical profession and in the books they have written. I have also accused the FDA of having blood on their hands for allowing this epidemic of prescribing opioids for chronic pain which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths, addictions and the destruction of families. I now add the South Carolina Medical Board to the list of medical organizations with blood on their hands.
Oh and Mr. Knight and Ms. Kudleka I am not going away. There will be accountability to the families in South Carolina for you either not responding to my emails or responding to me in a cavalier manner.
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