Are dentists now writing prescriptions for steroids and HGH? To children?

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Pawtucket dentist, Demetrius James Photopoulos, who practices at 123 School St., has lost his ability to prescribe controlled substances, an order from the Rhode Island Department of Health has ruled.

Saying that the continuation of the controlled substances registration of Photopoulos “constitutes an immediate threat to the health, welfare and safety of the public,” the Health Department has suspended his registration to prescribe.

In its findings, the Health Department said Photopoulos prescribed medication for himself and a family member outside the scope of dental practice and that he prescribed a growth hormone to a 3-year-old child in 2012, testosterone gel to a 22-year-old male in 2011, and a synthetic anabolic steroid to a 14-year-old female in 2009.

Finding that Photopoulos “has delivered care below the accepted minimal standards, including the inappropriate prescription of narcotics,” the department said that the suspension shall continue until further order, an administrative hearing or other resolution.

The dentist, who has been practicing since 1968, is entitled to a hearing.
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