- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California doctor who co-wrote a classic song performed by the Beach Boys surrendered his medical license Monday amid allegations that he prescribed medications for himself, according to the Medical Board of California.

In a decision made public Monday, the state licensing agency alleged Dr. Donald Jay Altfeld prescribed Xanax, Norco and other drugs for himself, the Los Angeles Times reported (https://lat.ms/Ht6dZZ).

Altfeld co-wrote the song “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena,” which was first recorded by duo Jan & Dean and went to No. 3 on Billboard’s pop music chart.

It was later performed by the Beach Boys on 1964’s “Beach Boys Concert,” an album that went to No. 1 on Billboard charts.

In July 2010, a pharmacist in Ventura refused to fill a prescription Altfeld called in for himself, according to the decision. Altfeld then allegedly asked a patient to take a prescription and fill it to obtain medications for the doctor’s own use.

In August of 2010, Altfeld was seen wandering his Ventura neighborhood barefoot and wearing feces-covered long johns, according to the filing.

After several hospitalizations and incidents of erratic behavior, Altfeld was examined by a psychiatrist appointed by the medical board in 2011.

Altfeld was determined to be a mentally ill drug abuser incapable of safely practicing medicine, according to the decision.

Altfeld represented himself in his licensing hearings and could not be reached for comment on Monday.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com

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