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Jackson doctor suspended for overprescribing controlled substances

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) -- The state of Michigan announced Tuesday it's suspending a local doctor's medical license for allegedly over-prescribing medications.  

 

"Beyond ridiculous" and "dangerous" are terms the state used in documents to justify its suspension of Dr. Dana Dewitt.

 

"When the state moves in and takes away a medical license, usually it's at the point where public safety is foremost," said Larry Wagenknecht, CEO of the Michigan Pharmacists Association.

 

Dr. DeWitt works at Rose City Family Practice in Jackson, and has been a physician for over 20 years.

 

The state's licensing and regulatory affairs agency, also known as LARA, says they recently discovered DeWitt was Jackson County's number one prescriber of two powerful drugs, which are highly addictive.

 

Their investigation also alleges the doctor was over-prescribing dangerous combinations of opioids, putting patients at a high risk of overdose or death.

 

Documents show even patients were questioning his decisions.

 

Dr. DeWitt did not return messages for comment.

 

Wagenknecht says the suspension also impacts the doctor's patients.

 

"Those prescriptions are no longer valid," Wagenknecht said.

 

He says DeWitt is off the job as the state reviews his practice.

 

"The state's taken a very deliberate approach to get some of the prescribers who are over-prescribing some of the opioids and other medications that are causing substance use disorder problems," Wagenknecht said.

 

Wagenknecht says medical professionals are working closely with state officials on new regulations to stop over-prescribing.

 

But he says patients also have to watch what they're taking.

 

"Having patients understand the potential risk that occurs when they take opioids is so very important," Wagenknecht said.

 

6 News reached out to Rose City Family Practice but they did not want to comment on this situation.

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A Jackson physician's medical license has been suspended for overprescribing controlled substances.

According to the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Dana DeWitt has failed to conform to minimal standards of acceptable practice.

In a news release, LARA revealed that in 2017 DeWitt was the top prescriber of the controlled substance carisporodol and promethazine with codeine syrup in Jackson County.

According to the complaint, in 2017 DeWitt prescribed 18,260 tablets of Carisoprodol 350, 67,292 tablets of Methadone and 40,015 mL of Promethazine with codeine syrup.

Additionally, the complaint alleges that DeWitt prescribed dangerous combinations and dosages that put his patients at great risk of overdose and death.

Dewitt graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1995.

This story continues to develop and 6 News Jackson bureau reporter Aaron Dimick will have updates online and on 6 News.

 

 

 

 


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