- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Board of Medicine has suspended for three years the license of a Charleston neurologist accused of writing too many painkiller prescriptions.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (https://bit.ly/1nuKE6q) an investigation found Dr. Iraj Derakhshan wrote more than 14,000 controlled substances prescriptions in less than eight months beginning July 1, 2013.

Derakhshan has faced multiple complaints over the years. The most recent was from a woman who said her adult daughter had been prescribed increasing doses of oxycodone to treat migraine headaches and had begun melting the pills and injecting them.

The investigation also found Derakhshan gave contradictory verbal and written instructions on taking prescribed pain medications. He also failed to keep clear written medical records.

Derakhshan has the right to appeal. The newspaper could not reach him for comment.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.

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