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License of Pawtucket doctor suspended

April 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The Rhode Island Department of Health has issued a consent order suspending the license of a city-based physician, Fredy P. Roland, Jr., MD, for one year. Under the conditions of the suspension, Roland can continue to practice medicine, but cannot prescribe certain controlled substances.
According to a press release from the Department of Health's Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, Roland's license to practice has been suspended for one year. However, the order also states that the suspension shall be “stayed” while he completes certain evaluation and remediation programs required by the board.
According to a spokesperson for the Department of Health, the decision means that Roland, whose principal place of business is 333 School St. in Pawtucket, can continue to practice medicine but must meet the outlying requirements of the consent order. Additionally, he is not allowed to prescribe controlled substances in Schedules II through V until further order of the board.
Roland, a 1983 graduate of the University of Liege, Belgium, has been directed to participate in a Center for Personalized Education for Physicians (CPEP) program. The 57-year-old doctor will be allowed to petition the board for reinstatement of the Rhode Island controlled substances registration immediately following the CPEP recommendations.
According to the press release, an investigation was conducted by the Board of Pharmacy after it received a complaint from a pharmacist concerning Roland's practices. The board had previously restricted Roland's practice and issued a consent order on Dec. 11, 2011 requiring him to attend certain continuing medical education programs. However, the investigating committee found that Roland “failed to attend adequate remedial education and has continued to write prescriptions for medications that were prohibited.”
The investigating committee also found that Roland's medical charts “are poorly documented and do not meet the minimum standards of acceptable practice of charting of patient care when narcotic treatment is prescribed.” It further stated that the doctor's records “do not contain sufficient information to justify a course of treatment” and that many of the entries “do not have dates and contain unapproved abbreviations.”
While the board was reviewing these continuing education practices, it was learned that Roland had violated the terms of the previous consent order by writing prescriptions for scheduled drugs that he had agreed to stop prescribing until further order of the board.
Based on these findings, the Director of Health issued a summary suspension to Roland's state controlled substances registration. Roland has since completed a five-hour Boston University School of Medicine program called “Safe and Effective Opiad Prescribing for Chronic Pain” on March 10, 2012.
The board also found that Roland has violated Rhode Island General Laws 5-37-5.1(19) for failing to adhere to the minimal standards of professional practice.
According to the board, Roland accepted the consent order on April 11 and agreed to the conditions that were imposed. He will remain on probation for three years from date of ratification.

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