State suspends Grant County physician's license

By Michelle Dupler, Tri-City HeraldNovember 1, 2012 

OLYMPIA -- The state Department of Health has indefinitely suspended the license of a Grant County physician who allegedly violated previous restrictions on his license by prescribing narcotics and authorizing patients to use medical marijuana.

The Medical Quality Assurance Commission -- the state agency that oversees medical licensing -- charged Mohammad H. Said with unprofessional conduct on Jan. 31, 2011, based on allegations he had violated a previous agreement restricting him from treating chronic pain patients with controlled substances for more than a 90-day period.

Charges by the commission are not criminal. Penalties can include probation, suspension or revocation of a medical license.

The July 2008 agreement was the result of unprofessional conduct charges filed in March 2007 alleging Said prescribed narcotic pain medications known as opioids to patients without sufficient examination or verification of patient complaints or reviewing their history or medical records.

He also allegedly failed to sufficiently document prescription information.

The 2008 agreement included a provision that Said was to phase out the chronic pain management portion of his practice by Dec. 31 that year.

After that date, he was prohibited from treating chronic pain using controlled substances for more than 90 days, with the exception of cancer patients, those with terminal illnesses and nursing home patients, documents said.

The September 2012 order indefinitely suspending Said's license stated that he continued to prescribe controlled substances to patients -- including oxycodone, morphine, Vicodin, methadone and Valium -- as well as writing medical marijuana authorizations while working for a company called CBR Medical that paid him $1,500 per day to see batches of medical marijuana patients.

The documents detailed numerous patients for whom Said allegedly prescribed a narcotic pain medications beyond the restrictions in the 2008 order.

The Medical Quality Assurance Commission imposed the suspension following a hearing on the allegations in July.

The order permanently bans Said from prescribing a variety of controlled substances and requires him to undergo an approved ethics course before being reinstated with five years of probation.

Said also has run for office several times, including a 2010 bid for U.S. Senate against incumbent Patty Murray and this year against Congressman Doc Hastings of Pasco. He didn't advance from the primary in either race.

-- Michelle Dupler: 582-1543; mdupler@tricityherald.com

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