New Hampshire Union Leader
Psychiatrist agrees to surrender medical license
By Mark Hayward
December 19, 2016
A Hampstead psychiatrist has agreed to surrender his license to practice medicine in New Hampshire for a year, after state medical authorities raised three cases involving sloppy record keeping and negligent prescribing practices.
Greg Thompson, who has been practicing medicine in New Hampshire for 33 years, also agreed to pay a $10,000 fine and to participate in continuing education in medical ethics and record keeping.
The Board of Medicine gave Thompson 60 days to help his patients find alternative treatment.
Once Thompson returns to practice, his work must be overseen by a monitor and he will only be able to write prescriptions to treat addictions.
Thompson signed the agreement on Wednesday.
Reached at his practice on Monday, he said he did not want to comment.
“I may have something to say in a few months,” he said.
In April, the Board of Medicine started a formal proceeding against Thompson, accusing him of professional misconduct and prescribing medicine without a valid reason.
Authorities detailed three cases:
• From February to May 2012, Thompson prescribed methylphenidate, a stimulant used for patients suffering from attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to a patient who admitted snorting it, giving it to friends and even selling it.
He turned down the patient’s offer to provide him prescriptions for resale.
“(Thompson) warned Patient 1 that he could get in trouble with the law, but added that if Patient 1 did get in trouble he could help him by providing letters for being clean,” the complaint reads.
Thompson told the Board of Medicine the patient had experienced dramatic improvements.
• In June and July 2013, Thompson prescribed Adderall, a habit-forming stimulant, to a patient despite telling her he could not do so without a proper diagnosis.
At one point, she told Thompson she needed pills to give to friends. “(Thompson) told her not to do that and not to tell him that,” the complaint reads.
Thompson told the Board of Medicine that she had multiple ADHD symptoms, and she dramatically improved under his care.
• From 2007 to 2014, Thompson provided Adderall and other prescription drugs to a patient suffering from depression, post-traumatic stress, heroin abuse and cocaine abuse.
But medical records contain no documentation that Thompson assessed the patient for ADHD, PTSD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Unlike the other two cases, the Board of Medicine did not provide Thompson’s explanation for his treatment decisions.
Board investigators said Thompson did not keep billing records for the three patients, and his medical records, which were in electronic format, were not time and date stamped.
“(Thompson’s) records for all three patients do not adequately document the patients’ clinical presentation or (Thompson’s) clinical decision-making or changes to the treatment plan,” reads the Board complaint against him.