Marlboro Doctor’s License Suspended Amid Painkiller Probe
New Jersey medical officials have suspended a Marlboro doctor’s license while they investigate allegations that he indiscriminately ordered painkiller prescriptions for patients.
Dr. Philip Pollen agreed to surrender his license on July 24th and signed an interim consent order issued by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners.
He also agreed to undergo neuropsychological evaluation and have his physician’s skills assessed before any reinstatement can take place. Whether his license will be restored depends on the Board’s findings.
According to Acting State Attorney General John J. Hoffman’s office, Pollen is accused of writing prescriptions without evaluating conditions, ordering medication for one patient’s back pain despite a negative MRI, and dropping off prescriptions at a local pharmacy for patients to collect.
The document also notes that Pollen’s South Amboy office has been shuttered for nonpayment of taxes. Patients are being instructed to visit nearby hospitals.
According to information from Hoffman’s office, it isn’t Pollen’s first brush with the law. He had been arrested in Matawan in April 2010, and charged in a Monmouth County courtroom in Freehold three months later, with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and prescription drugs.
Pollen accepted pretrial intervention and underwent evaluation in the Physician’s Assistance Program between October 2010 and February 2011, according to the Consent Order.