Anti-aging doctor suspended over steroid prescriptions

HALEDON — The medical license of a Passaic County doctor who operates an anti-aging clinic was suspended for six months today by the state Board of Medical Examiners, which said he prescribed steroids without adequately examining patients.

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James W. Goodnight, the owner and medical director of Dr. Goodnight’s Center for Everlasting Beauty, in Haledon, was also ordered to undergo ethics training.

Goodnight was among the physicians named in a Star-Ledger series in 2010 on the secret world of steroid use by law enforcement officers and firefighters. He told the newspaper that among his patients were about 50 police officers and members of fire departments. He was not then accused of any wrongdoing.

Acting New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman said nationwide, testosterone and other steroids are surging in popularity as purported anti-aging treatments, leading to concerns about whether doctors are truly weighing their known risks and providing clear information to patients.

“New Jersey is taking action to make sure doctors follow our rules for the protection of patients and the practice of good medicine,” he said.

The Board of Medical Examiners in February expanded New Jersey’s regulation on the prescribing of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone, with new rules requiring that a practitioner can only prescribe steroids or human growth hormone when there is a “bona fide relationship with the patient, and after obtaining the patient’s full medical history, performing a full medical examination, and examining a valid medical need for such drugs.”

Goodnight’s medical practice offered cosmetic surgery and anti-aging treatments. He has also prescribed hormones including testosterone.

According to the state Division of Consumer Affairs’ Enforcement Bureau, Goodnight not only prescribed steroids and other medications without performing proper patient examinations, he also provided prescriptions to himself and family members without creating detailed medical records. Officials said he also did not maintain complete medical records, and failed to safeguard the use of his prescription pad, allowing an individual who was not a licensed doctor to participate in the care and treatment of patients.

Goodnight entered into a consent agreement, without admitting or denying the allegations, agreeing to the six-month suspension, followed by a two-and-a-half year probationary period. The board also required him to complete three approved courses in ethics; medical recordkeeping; and basic blood analysis and physical examinations.

In addition, he must hire a monitor to submit monthly reports on any new prescribing of anabolic steroids from his office, and will be required to pay $56,675 in civil penalties and investigative costs. His attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.

Officials said Goodnight told the board that he has voluntarily ceased offering bio-identical hormone treatment.

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