Connecticut med board revokes 1 doctor’s license; declines to lift order on Hamden psychiatrist
By Kate Farrish, Conn. Health I-Team Writer
November 16, 2016
Excerpt…The board also refused to lift state orders that Dr. Avijit Mitra, a Hamden psychiatrist, be barred from prescribing controlled substances for himself and his wife and that he be permanently restricted from prescribing Suboxone to anyone. Suboxone is used to treat drug addiction.
His lawyer, Penny Q. Seaman of New Haven, who had asked the board to lift the state restrictions, said that it is keeping the board of Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry from renewing his certification. Mitra, a psychiatrist, is employed by the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services as a clinician at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown.
She added that Mitra has voluntarily relinquished his federal registration to prescribe Suboxone and has agreed not to prescribe controlled substances for himself or his family.
The medical board had imposed the restrictions in 2015 when it found that Mitra had prescribed Oxycontin, Xanax and Suboxone to two patients without examining the patients. Records show that Mitra had already paid $55,000 in state and federal fines for improperly prescribing controlled substances for himself, his wife and others.
DPH staff attorney David Tilles asked the board to keep the restrictions in place, saying they were needed to protect the public.