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The Indiana State Fair announces additional shows as part of its lineup that will be part of the 17 total concerts that make up the 2019 Indiana State Fair Free Stage headline…
With World Elder Abuse Awareness Day coming up on June 15, Attorney General Curtis Hill has announced that his office is working with other state agencies and non-profit…
The Indiana State Fair announces the first six of 17 concerts that will be part of the 2019 Indiana State Fair Free Stage headline entertainment, which returns August 2-18. Each…
 U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) attended the official ribbon cutting for the Indiana Dunes National Park in northwest Indiana last week. Legislation led by Senator Young and…
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed more than 70 Walmart stores and 18 Rural King stores in the state have received rhododendron plants infected with sudden…
At the Salvation Army Kroc Center in South Bend, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) Wednesday joined students and  representatives from Smoke Free St. Joe and the Indiana Chamber to…
After tornados and severe weather swept through Indiana on Memorial Day, Attorney General Curtis Hill warned Hoosiers to be wary of scams. Scammers often strike after severe…
Attorney General Curtis Hill Tuesday joined a group of 52 attorneys general in urging the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to automatically forgive the student loans of veterans…
IN Attorney General Obtains Suspension of Medical License of Physician who Gave Prescriptions to Substance AbusersAttorney General Curtis Hill has obtained a one-year suspension of the medical license of Dr. Faizuddin Shareef, a Lake County physician who gave prescriptions to patients battling addiction without regard to proper procedures and safeguards. In an administrative complaint against Shareef’s license filed in March, Attorney General Hill alleged that Shareef provided substandard care to patients, eight of whom died of overdoses. Among other things, Shareef routinely ignored urine drug screen results indicating patients were using non-prescribed medications and illicit substances. Some urine tests also showed patients were not using all the drugs prescribed to them by Shareef, indicating they may have been distributing, selling or trading those substances to others. Shareef also continued generating records of office visits by patients who were already deceased at the time of the supposed visits. In one instance, a patient died of an overdose the day after being seen at Shareef’s practice. At the time of her death, the patient bore on her arms the telltale injection marks of chronic intravenous drug use – signs that should have been observed and recorded at her visit but were not. As with other patients, Shareef also routinely abstained from including this patient’s urine-test results in his medical records. On May 23, Attorney General Hill sought the permanent revocation of Shareef’s medical license. Although the Indiana State Medical Licensing Board found that Shareef had committed every act alleged by Attorney General Hill, it ultimately chose to impose a lesser penalty. Previously, Shareef’s medical license was suspended on an emergency basis between July 26, 2018, and December 18, 2018, while the Office of the Attorney General completed its investigation. On December 4, 2018, Shareef surrendered his U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration registration that enabled him legally to write prescriptions for controlled substances. Attorney General Hill said he would continue advocating for more stringent penalties against physicians whose wanton negligence and/or substandard practices cause harm to patients. “Holding a medical license in Indiana should at the very least indicate that the license-holder follows the basic ethical standards of the profession and demonstrates a minimal level of competence,” Attorney General Hill said. “Patients, their loved ones and all Hoosiers expect and deserve this assurance. Our office will continue seeking to hold accountable medical practitioners who violate the standards appropriately expected of licensees.” The medical board also ruled that Shareef must complete certain conditions, such as professional development courses; clinical competence/education and evaluation; and psychiatric evaluation through the Indiana State Medical Association. Further, before any future prescribing of controlled substances, he must be evaluated for reinstatement of such privileges by Indiana’s medical and pharmacy boards.
Attorney General Curtis Hill has obtained a one-year suspension of the medical license of Dr. Faizuddin Shareef, a Lake County physician who gave prescriptions to patients battling…
State Senator Randy Head said in a recent news release, “Our servicemen and women sacrifice so much to protect our country, and it is critical they receive our support when they…
Indiana Attorney General, Curtis Hill argued in a brief filed this month that the cities of San Francisco and Oakland should not be able to use the common law of “public nuisance”…
Attorney General Curtis Hill filed a lawsuit Tuesday against members of the Sackler family, alleging that as owners and directors of Purdue Pharma the Sacklers have played a key…
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