The Texas Medical Board has disciplined two Tyler doctors over their alleged prescriptions and use of controlled substances.
The board announced in news releases that it was temporarily suspending the license of Dr. David Shafer and temporarily restricting the license of Dr. James Stocks.
The two men previously were employed at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. The center previously said that Shafer, Stocks, and a third doctor resigned their positions.
Stocks was booked in the Smith County Jail on Aug. 12 on a felony charge of diverting a controlled substance. An affidavit from the Texas Department of Public Safety says he was prescribing to Shafer, and a third doctor may have been involved.
The board’s Sept. 10 decision says Stocks “treated a colleague for around 15 years, including prescribing him opioids on a monthly basis, without conducting regular examinations and without conducting appropriate monitoring of the patient’s compliance with prescribed medications.
“As a result of this inappropriate prescribing and monitoring, the patient became addicted to opioid medications and is now in inpatient treatment for this addiction,” the decision says.
The temporary restriction says Stocks “shall not possess, distribute, or prescribe controlled substances in Texas”; and that he “shall not serve as a treating doctor, nor prescribe for himself, his family, his peers or others in which he has a close personal relationship.”
A separate board decision on Sept. 10 temporarily suspended Shafer’s license. The decision says Shafer is undergoing inpatient rehabilitation in Louisiana. The decision says evaluations from that program show he is unfit to practice medicine and will be in the program until sometime in October.
“In June 2019, the board received information that (Shafer) may have been prescribing controlled substances inappropriately to his wife,” the decision says. “Pharmacy records demonstrate that on more than 70 occasions between June 2016 and June 2019, (Shafer) wrote prescription in his wife’s name.”
The prescriptions each were for at least 120 pills hydrocodone, a generic version of Vicodin, the decision says. “(Shafer) acknowledged that he diverted the medications, totaling more than 9,000 pills, for his own personal use,” the decision says.
The decision says Shafer’s practice partners also were prescribing him hydrocodone. He received 90 pills on a monthly basis from his practice partners for at least three years, the decision says.
One of those people was Stocks, who prescribed to him on a monthly basis since 2014, the decision says. Stocks has suspended his controlled substance certificates with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the decision says.
“In a response to the board, (Shafer) acknowledged that he had been using opioids since 1994 and became dependent on them sometime after 2000,” the decision says.
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