Many American cities, including Baltimore, are struggling with increasing overdose deaths associated with opioids, such as prescription painkillers and heroin. In an attempt to gain control of the situation, state officials are monitoring physicians who prescribe opioids more closely.
The Maryland Board of Physicians suspended Dr. Kofi Shaw-Taylor’s medical license for prescribing “excessively high” amounts of narcotic pain medications. Shaw-Taylor, of Annapolis, was also prescribing opioid painkillers and medications utilized to treat opioid addiction simultaneously, according to an emergency order from the Board.
Shaw-Taylor, a licensed urologist, prescribed opioid painkillers to some patients, without performing a full examination first. Patients would pick the prescriptions up at his office in the 4400 block of Falls Road. The order said when other physicians in the practice declined to write a prescription for opioids Shaw-Taylor would step up and write the prescription himself.
Shaw-Taylor, 67, also overlooked positive drug screens for illicit drugs, while prescribing opioid painkillers, the order stated.
The order said the doctor would see up to 70 patients a day, even though he did not keep proper records or regular hours.
The order, signed May 9, said Shaw-Taylor “does not follow standards for practicing pain management and is professional incompetent in regard to his pain management practices, especially his prescribing of opioids.”