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Irvine doctor loses medical license after patient dies of overdose

An Irvine-based doctor has lost his medical license for allegedly over-prescribing medication to a depressed patient a month before the patient died of an overdose.

Dariush Javanshir's license was revoked for prescribing 330 tablets of the anti-anxiety medication lorazepam and 720 tablets of the painkiller propoxyphene to an unidentified man in his 60s between April 1 and May 1, 2007, when the man died, according to records from the Medical Board of California.

Postmortem tests showed a lethal amount of the painkiller in the patient's body, the Daily Pilot reported.

From November 2006 through April 2007, Javanshir prescribed 180 tablets of Ambien, 90 tablets of Valium, 1,120 tablets of lorazepam, and 2,245 tablets of propoxyphene, according to the medical board records.

He told a medical board consultant that he prescribed the extra medication because his patient was traveling to Afghanistan, but Javanshir's records indicated that the man told Javanshir he would be sending the medicine to relatives and friends in the country. The medical board noted that both scenarios are an unacceptable standard of care for prescribing an opiate.

Attempts to reach Javanshir for comment were unsuccessful.


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