State Fines Three Doctors, Disciplines Two Others
By Lisa Backus
April 21, 2020
The state Medical Examining Board disciplined two physicians with $5,000 fines for failing to adequately inform and monitor patients while prescribing opioids or anti-anxiety medications…
The board also agreed to issue a $5,000 fine and one-year probation to a Hamden psychiatrist who failed to withdraw a patient from the use of Xanax on a safe schedule, according to documents.
Dr. Enrique Tello-Silva, of Hamden, discontinued the patient’s use of Xanax in October 2018, after the patient had been on the drug for about 15 months, an investigation revealed. Tello-Silva failed to provide adequate information to the patient on the use of the drug and failed to check the patient’s prescription profile in the state’s prescription monitoring program, documents said.
Tello-Silva will also be required to hire another physician to review 20% of his patient files and monitoring his practice throughout the one-year probationary period. The psychiatrist will be required to take course work in documentation standards and the proper prescription and discontinuation of benzodiazepines such as Xanax, a consent order said…