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Cranston Doctor Suspended for Bogus Prescriptions

Edward L. Cullen, who worked at Garden City Treatment Center, allegedly wrote hundreds of prescriptions for narcotics to people who weren't his patients or without "meaningful physical examination."

A local doctor's license has been voluntarily suspended after an investigation showed he prescribed large quantities of narcotics to people who weren't his patients, had no medical records, or were prescribed drugs after "a failure to meet the minimal standards of acceptable care," according to a state Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline consent order.

In one instance, one patient was prescribed 814 days of narcotics in 356 calendar days.

Edward Cullen, 63, has been licensed to practice medicine in Rhode Island since 1983 and works at the Garden City Treatment Center.

The Board of Pharmacy began an investigation after a complaint alleged that Cullen "was prescribing large amounts of Drug Enforcement Agency Schedule II and III drugs which did not appear to have legitimate medical purposes," the order states.

The medical licensing board undertook a "more expansive" review of Cullen's activities after a second complaint. The board reviewed 19 "patient" records for review.

Those records showed Cullen wrote prescriptions for OxyContin and Vicodin for two people who were never his patients and "for whom no patient charts existed" multiple prescriptions that were not documented.

Other prescriptions were given to patients "who are using opioids chronically" and written after "a lack of a meaningful physical examination" and "troubling decision-making."

The consent order was signed by Cullen on May 4. His license will remain suspended until "further order of the board" which relies upon "completion of additional training and any other steps deemed necessary to allow for reconsideration of this order."

Vanessa fiorillo May 11, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I doubt the clinic has a pension fund. Also I am not self-employed, but I contribute to my own retirement fund. I've only heard of pensions offered to state or city employees, although they may do it differently in the uk and Canada. I agree that state/city employees shouldn't keep their pension after being convicted of a crime, but I don't understand what this has to do with dr. Cullen or garden city medical center.
Suzanne Arena May 11, 2012 at 04:06 AM
business as usual. Criminal actions are shameful. Most likely will be convicted if indeed its true and the point was....here in RI, the penalties are not always as harsh as the crime. From my perch, I see many that get away with a lot. Hyperfocus on the pension thing is a bit much at this point clarification going on more is not necessary. LOL! This is truly scary....how does a doctor get to be that age and risk everything to do this. I would wonder where was he before and has he ever had wrongdoing alleged. Very strange. I never liked it there and always went to Warwick (Stat/urgent Care in the medical building). The staff is wonderful and they picked up my daughters RSV when she was an infant 2x. Consider going there.
Laurie Horner May 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I was a former employee. The management there has alot to be desired. Supervisor's as well. As far as the pension goes, it is a privately owned business, therefore the Doctor that own's it, can do whatever he wants. The Doctor's are great, the nurses are great...the rest of the staff...ABSOLUTELY USELESS...VERY POOR MANAGEMENT!
Anglea May 11, 2012 at 03:48 PM
This guy has his MD form a Mexican University. He once asked my daughter if she visited South America, in a failed attempt to diagnose her mono. Loves to order bloodwork, though.
Melanie Scalera May 11, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Why are vampires allowed to be doctors, anyway?

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