Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Four pain clinics - three in Houston, one in Highlands - suspended

On Friday, February 18, 2011, a disciplinary panel of the Texas Medical Board temporarily suspended without notice the pain management clinic certificates of four clinics, three in Houston and one in Highlands, barring them from operating as pain clinics.
     On August 20, 2010, the Texas Medical Board issued four pain management clinic certificates to Akili Graham, M.D., as owner and operator of the clinics.
     On January 6, 2011, during an investigation of prescribing habits at the clinics, board staff obtained information that the clinics were not owned by Graham or any other physician, a violation of state law.
     The clinics are:
·         Imed Clinic Inc., 6806 Longpoint Rd. Suite G in Houston, owned by Danny A. Muhammad, a non-physician.
·         Preferred Medical Clinic, 1314 Federal Rd., in Houston, owned by Durce Muhammad, a non-physician.
·         The Oaks Medical Clinic Inc., 444 S. Main St. in Highlands, owned by Danny A. Muhammad.
·         UMAT Clinic, LLC, 7632A Park Place in Houston, owned by Tamu Muhammad, a non-physician.

     The temporary suspensions were based upon the panel’s determination that the continued operation of the clinics poses a continuing threat to the public welfare, due to the fact that large amounts of dangerous drugs and controlled substances are being prescribed at a clinic in violation of statutory requirements for operating a pain clinic.
     Houston media report that Danny Muhammad is a Houston Police officer, currently suspended with pay.
     Stay tuned.

TMB suspends doctor prescribing controlled substances from home

     On February 18, 2011, a disciplinary panel of the Board temporarily suspended, without notice, the medical license of Annie Christine Z. Walker, M.D., of Forney, after determining that Dr. Walker’s continuation in the practice of medicine constitutes a continuing threat to the public welfare.
     The panel found that Dr. Walker inappropriately prescribed controlled substances to seven patients including one who died from an overdose January 1, 2011. Dr. Walker acknowledged that she had no medical records for any of the seven patients.
     In addition, Dr. Walker admitted prescribing to her daughter, son-in-law and grandson, and kept no medical records for these patients.
     Dr. Walker is 88 and unable to walk unassisted. She saw all patients in her home, where she kept prescription pads unsecured and charged patients $20 per prescription given. She'll have an opportunity for a hearing, with notice, in at least 10 days.