NJ Psychiatrist Chowdhury Azam suspended for 5 years, overprescribed drugs

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Four Central Jersey doctors punished for overprescribing drugs
By Mike Deak
March 2, 2017

Psychiatrist Chowdhury Azam

FRANKLIN (Somerset) – A township psychiatrist, who previously had his medical license suspended for inappropriately touching a female patient’s breast, and three other Central Jersey physicians were among 31 physicians sanctioned last year by the state for allegedly overprescribing painkillers and other narcotics that can lead to addiction.

Chowdhury Azam, of Edison, whose office was located on Davidson Avenue, had his license suspended for five years. The state Board of Medical Examiners has also ordered Azam to pay $42,567 in costs, payable in monthly installments of $100.

Azam still owes $34,763 in connection with the 2010 disciplinary involving the female patient.

Azam’s license was suspended because in 2015 and 2016 he prescribed amphetamines, opiates and other drugs without “adequate medical justification,” according to court papers filed by the state Board of Medical Examiners.

This is Azam’s third suspension of his medical license.

In 2010, his license was suspended because Azam inappropriately touched a patient’s breast. The patient told police that during an October 2008 psychotherapy session, Azam asked her to expose her breast to display surgical scars.

At the end of the session, court papers say, Azam stopped her from leaving the office and, without her consent, massaged her shoulders, placed his hand under her shirt and grabbed a breast.

The patient also told police that at a previous therapy session, Azam asked her to lift her shirt to show him a scar on her breast.

“He took advantage of the patient’s trust to engage in sexual misconduct,” the state Board of Medical Examiners concluded.

In 1998, Azam’s license was also suspended for not including on his 1995 application to be licensed in New Jersey that he had pleaded guilty in New York on a charge of engaging in the unauthorized practice of medicine in 1992 and that he had also been jailed for 21 days in 1998 in New York on civil contempt charges.

NJ Psychiatrist Chowdhury Azam