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State board disciplines local doctor

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By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe / Staff Writer

A Denton area doctor has been disciplined by the Texas Medical Board for non-therapeutic prescribing.

Ikenna Adugba signed an agreed order June 8 that requires him to complete 12 hours of continuing medical education, including eight hours in chronic pain management and four hours in ethics. He must also submit a written set of protocols and a pain contract that shows compliance with the board’s rules about treating pain. His practice remains under board order.

Adugba declined to comment.

During its investigation, the board found that the doctor and his nurse practitioner had prescribed two different narcotic pain medications to a patient without providing justification for the medicine in the patient’s records. They also found Adugba was not monitoring the patient for substance abuse, despite evidence of the problem.

According to state records, Adugba completed his residency in internal medicine at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., in 1998 and has been licensed to practice medicine in Texas since 1999. He has hospital privileges at both Denton Regional Medical Center and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton.

Adugba has come before the Texas Medical Board two other times in the past two years. In 2010, he was cited for failing to sign a death certificate in a timely manner. He paid a $500 fine for the violation. In 2011, he paid a $2,000 fine for failing to provide records the board requested.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881.