Ridgewood psychiatrist gets medical license taken by state medical board
By Keldy Ortiz
December 8, 2017
Dr. James Cowan Jr.’s license to practice medicine was taken from him by the state Medical Examiners Office, records show. Cowan pleaded guilty in Superior Court Nov. 30 to illegally prescribing Adderall.
“Instead of doing his part to help fight the scourge of addiction, Dr. Cowan exacerbated the problem by dispensing habit-forming drugs to patients without justification,” said state Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino in a statement. “There is absolutely no place in the medical profession for doctors who abuse their prescription writing privileges to traffic in the illegal sale of highly restricted drugs.”
Cowan had previously had his license previously suspended in 2016, amid allegations he allowed his wife, Maryanne Cowan, a clinical social worker to treat patients.
Cowan had his license since 1972, records show.
When state investigators visited Cowan in May 2016, he told them “he believed that after being married for 30 years, he had taught [Maryanne] everything she needed to know to be able to medically treat the patients with his consent,” according to the state’s order to suspend Cowan’s license to prescribe controlled substances.
Cowan was later arrested in March of this year.
Cowan’s dad, James R. Cowan, who also had a private medical practice, served in the President Richard Nixon’s administration as assistant secretary of defense for health and environmental services.
Cowan’s dad was indicted on charges of accepting bribes and pleaded guilty to corporate misconduct, according to a 1995 New York Times obituary.
Cowan is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 12, 2018.
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