West Hartford psychiatrist fined for prescribing too much Xanax
By Kate Farrish
MAY 21, 2019
— ExcerptThe state Medical Examining Board on Tuesday disciplined five physicians, including fining a West Hartford psychiatrist $7,500 for prescribing excessive doses of Xanax…
The board also reprimanded the medical license of the psychiatrist, Dr. Dale Wallington, for performing an inadequate diagnosis of the patient and for failing to implement strategies between 2008 and 2017 to prevent the patient’s abuse of Xanax and Vyvanse, a consent order Wallington agreed to said. Vyvanse is used to treat attention deficit disorder. The board also placed Wallington’s license on probation for 18 months, during which he must take a course in prescribing practices and hire a physician to review a portion of his medical records, the order said.
In a letter to the state Department of Public Health, the patient’s parents complained about Wallington’s care of their son and objected to the consent order. They asked that Wallington be barred from practicing medicine for an unspecified amount of time. They did not attend Tuesday’s meeting.
“Dr. Wallington’s reprehensible conduct caused immeasurable suffering for our son and family,’’ the couple wrote. “We remain hopeful that one day our son may be able to live a normal life free from the consequences of nine years of Dr. Wallington’s reckless, harmful medical practice.”
Since the DPH investigation started, Wallington has received extensive re-training in addiction diagnosis and treatment and obtained a specialty in addiction medicine with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the consent order said. By signing the order, he chose not to contest the allegations against him.