South Jersey doc gives up license amid drug probe
By Kim Mulford
November 7, 2016
Dr. Thomas Newmark, a Cherry Hill psychiatrist, agreed to permanently surrender his medical license after investigators alleged he “indiscriminately prescribed controlled dangerous substances” to his patients.
The board began looking into Newmark’s record after learning he had been fired by Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Under terms of a consent order, Newmark agreed to surrender his license.
Following its policies and procedures, Rowan University reviewed Newmark’s prescribing activities related to opiate medication and then fired him before reporting its findings with the board, according to a statement released by the university.
“We fully anticipated this outcome,” the statement said.
“At Rowan Medicine and the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, nothing is more important to us than protecting the health and well-being of our patients. Rowan University is firmly committed to promoting a culture that values the ethical and responsible conduct of patient care and, accordingly, all misconduct concerns are taken seriously, as are the needs to protect our patients and the rights of those who are accused of misconduct.”
The psychiatrist’s office was across the street from Kennedy University Hospital on West Chapel Avenue. He had been affiliated with Kennedy Health until he resigned on June 30. An Internet search indicated he was once affiliated with Lourdes Health System, but he was not listed among its affiliated physicians Monday. Earlier in his career, he served as chief of psychiatry at Cooper University Hospital, where he worked until 2013. He was also listed as a “Top Doc” by Inside Jersey magazine in 2014.
“Physicians who indiscriminately prescribe highly addictive narcotics without a legitimate medical purpose are feeding the alarming rise in opioid addiction and overdose deaths plaguing our state,” Porrino said in a released statement. “Keeping prescription pads out of the hands of unscrupulous doctors is a key component in our fight against the opioid and heroin crisis gripping New Jersey.”
Steve Lee, director of the state Division of Consumer Affairs, said there is “zero tolerance” for doctors who abuse their authority to prescribe medication. The investigation was conducted by the division’s Enforcement Bureau.