By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
ABERDEEN – Columbus physician Dr. Michael A. White wants return of authority to prescribe controlled drugs to his patients.
Through his attorney, White, 62, filed a complaint in April against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. On Friday a federal court set July 9 for a response.
In his complaint, White notes that he voluntarily turned in his DEA license in October 2011 “in a showing of good faith” while he was under investigation for prescribing phentermine to some patients for weight loss “without a medical necessity.”
He was indicted in February 2012 and eight months later a jury found him not guilty of charges that he illegally dispensed diet pills to patients who didn’t need them. In his new complaint, he says he’s attempted to get a new license approved, but that because the same agents who led his prosecution are in charge, a conflict of interest is blocking his efforts to secure the license.
White asks the federal court to intercede with the license or grant him a “full trial” for resolution. White has practiced medicine for 30 years.