Chrissie Thompson reports:
A Mason spine surgeon was forced to stop practicing on Thursday after the State Medical Board of Ohio suspended his license, citing misconduct and federal charges related to illegal distribution of drugs.
The board voted on Wednesday to suspend Dr. Atiq Durrani’s license immediately, without a hearing. The board’s decision was delivered in person to Durrani on Thursday. Once he received the decision, he became immediately ineligible to practice medicine.
“Dr. Durrani’s continued practice presents a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public,” the board said in the decision it made Wednesday.
Durrani pre-signed blank prescriptions so his employees could illegally issue prescriptions to patients while he was in Pakistan this spring, the board found. He also was indicted in October for giving out oxycodone outside of his medical practice.
Durrani can appeal the decision and come before the board to argue his case, but he will not be able to practice medicine unless the board reverses its decision.