Doctor charged, loses license

September 21, 1990|By Frank D. Roylance | Frank D. Roylance,Evening Sun Staff

An Edgemere doctor has lost his medical license and has been charged with narcotics violations after state drug inspectors found evidence that more than 4,700 tablets of various painkillers were prescribed for two patients over 15 months.

The State Board of Physician Quality Assurance voted last week to summarily suspend the medical license of Hector L. Feliciano, 48, of the 7200 block of North Point Road. He also was ordered to surrender his prescription pads and the state and federal certificates that allow him to prescribe drugs.

On the same day, State Police arrested Feliciano and his physician's assistant, Tammy Ann Townsend Kwiatkowski, 30, and charged them with a variety of felony drug counts and conspiracy. Both were later released on bail.

Sgt. Wayne Jirsa said these were the first arrests by the State Police Drug Diversion Unit, formed on the first of this month to investigate prescription drug crime.

Feliciano came to the attention of state authorities during a random drug survey, conducted by inspectors from the state health department's Division of Drug Control, at the Sav-More Pharmacy, in the 7100 block of North Point Road.

The inspectors said their survey turned up a series of 93 questionable prescriptions written by Feliciano. They were all filled at Sav-More by two patients between June 1, 1989, and Aug. 13, 1990.

For one patient, identified by the Board of Physician Quality Assurance only as "Patient A," Feliciano wrote 54 prescriptions in 10- to 14-day intervals, nearly all of them for oxycodone hydrochloride, a pain killer that is sold under the brand name Percocet. The drug is a synthetic narcotic that is classified as a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance.

In all, the prescriptions provided Patient A with 2,869 tablets, in increasing amounts ranging from 25 to 200 tablets at a time, or an average of 6.3 tablets a day, the board found.

The board concluded that Feliciano posed a "grave risk and imminent danger to the public health, safety and welfare."

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