FORD CITY, Pa. - A local family doctor, who is under investigation by state drug agents, was ordered by a screening committee of the state medical board to close down his office at 710 Fourth Ave. on Thursday, and was issued an immediate temporary medical license suspension.
Pittsburgh attorney Christopher M. Capozzi said Friday that his client, Terence E. Moore, has not been arrested.
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However, he did confirm that the committee cited probable cause for issuing the immediate temporary revocation of Moore's medical license.
The suspension order, filed by Nathan Giunta, a prosecuting attorney for the state on behalf of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, alleges that Moore ordered excessive quantities of prescription pain medication for 18 months from a wholesale pharmaceutical company for his own consumption.
The medication in question includes morphine sulfate, Ultram, Xanax, hydrocodone and Oxycontin, which, the order notes, “to the best of the staff's knowledge, the respondent (Moore) does not administer in the office.”
The order alleges that Moore ingested pills in front of medical students who were training in his office, was observed staggering while walking and had slurred speech while working in the office.
“Based upon the foregoing factual allegations, the respondent's (Moore's) continued practice of medicine within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania makes respondent an immediate and clear danger to the public health and safety,” Giunta alleges in the order.
Moore disagrees with the action but respects the board's decision, Capozzi said, adding that his client plans to contest the decision before an administrative judge or the medical board in Harrisburg.
Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi said Friday that the Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating Moore and that the suspension decision is made independent of the investigation.
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