According to a consent order signed by a Warwick doctor and the Rhode Island Department of Health, Dr. James Denier, who worked at the Warwick Walk-In Medical Center on Warwick Avenue, can resume the practice of medicine as of Tuesday of last week.
Dr. Denier signed the consent order on Aug. 7 that stipulates he cannot prescript opiates or narcotic painkillers until after he takes a two-day course in Medical Record Keeping at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland on Nov. 1 and 2 and another three-day course in Prescribing Controlled Drugs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville from Nov. 14 to 16.
The Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline’s finding of facts included prescribing painkillers without seeing patients; without maintaining proper records; with a list of medicines being taken by patients, without weighing patients; and without having qualified radiologists evaluate the x-rays and a lack of proper psychological evaluation or examination of past substance abuse issues.
In short, the Board is demanding that Denier document every prescription for narcotics he issues in writing and issue no refills without a follow-up visit and no prescriptions over the phone. He will remain on probation for five years after the order was signed.