By Muhammad Shakib –
A UMass Memorial Medical Center doctor has agreed to pay $115,000 to resolve allegations that he violated the civil remedies provisions of the Controlled Substances Act.
Dr. Edward Driscoll admitted that he prescribed Schedule II controlled substances that were outside the usual course of professional practice for nine patients.
Dr. Driscoll prescribed opioids for chronic pain without conducting functional pain assessments or opioid risk assessments. He rarely ordered urine drug screens and did not have consistent monthly office visits, despite prescribing opioids to patients monthly.
During the investigation, Dr. Driscoll surrendered his Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration number and, as part of the settlement, agreed that he would not seek a new DEA registration number.