The Medical Board of California has ordered a total of $48 million in fines against six physicians for illegally prescribing drugs over the Internet--the largest amount of fines ever ordered by a state medical board, the board reports.
The board alleges that the six out-of-state physicians, mostly licensed in Florida, wrote a total of 1,952 prescriptions for California residents over the Internet, violating a 2001 California law that sets a specific fine for each illegal prescription.
In a release yesterday, the board says $39.1 million of the fines are ordered against just one physician, Carlos Levy, D.O., who is licensed in Florida.
The other physicians listed by the board are Michael Brunsman, M.D, licensed in Arizona, fined $1.8 million; Martin Feldman, M.D., licensed in Rhode Island and Florida, fined $3.9 million; Harry Hoff, M.D., licensed in Florida, fined $1.2 million; David Livingston, M.D., licensed in Tennessee, fined $1.5 million; Jose Crespin, M.D., licensed in Florida, fined $1.1 million.
The board says the cases also are being referred for disciplinary action to the physicians' licensing states. Previously, the board ordered fines and disciplinary actions against California-licensed physicians for similar violations, including the revocation of one physician's license.