Orcutt doctor disciplined for gross negligence
January 17, 2010
The Medical Board of California placed an Orcutt doctor on three years probation for prescribing Viagra over the Internet to patients he had not examined, according to a Jan. 13 Board Settlement and Disciplinary Order.
“It is hereby ordered that physician’s and surgeon’s (license) number A 42368, issued to respondent Thomas A. Sazani M.D. is revoked,” according to the order. “However, the revocation is stayed and Sazani is placed on probation for three years.”
On June 1, the Medical Board of California accused the Orcutt physician, whose office is located at 149 First St., of repeated acts of gross negligence and prescribing drugs without a medical problem identified, or a physical exam.
The 10-page accusation stems from a 2006 investigation in which a state investigator’s assistant purchased 10 tablets of Viagra over the internet from the doctor after filling out a “brief online questionnaire.” Less than a month after receiving his first prescription, the assistant requested a refill.
Sazani sent the assistant a link to “Ask the doctor a question” for $19.95. After the assistant logged on and answered five questions, Sazani refilled his prescription.
Sazani waived his right to a hearing and agreed to three years probation in which he is required to hire another physician to monitor his practice. Sazani is also directed to enroll in medical courses in both ethics and prescribing practices of at least 25 hours for each year of probation at his own expense, and afterward pass an exam.
In addition, the order requires Sazani, who advertises himself as a medical marijuana provider, to maintain records of all controlled substances ordered and recommendations for possession or cultivation of marijuana including the diagnosis and indications “for which the controlled substance was furnished.”
When asked about an appointment for a medical marijuana recommendation, Sazani said he takes cash only and would explain how to get the recommendation for the medical marijuana during the appointment.