Richland dentist fined for writing unlawful prescriptions

nophillips@thestate.comNovember 15, 2012 

— A Northeast Richland dentist will pay a fine and will lose her ability to write prescriptions for narcotics for three years, after federal authorities accused her of unlawfully prescribing painkillers and appetite suppressants.

Dr. Chrislyn Lawhon agreed to a settlement with the federal government over allegations that she unlawfully prescribed Vicodin and Percocet, two pain-relieving narcotics, and Adipex, an appetite suppressant, according to a report from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She will pay a $37,500 fine and will receive a Restricted Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate of Registration that will limit her ability to prescribe, administer or dispense certain controlled substances for at least three years, the report said.

Lawhon denied any wrongdoing, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Lawhon, a pediatric dentist, owns Northeast Children’s Dentistry on Summit Centre Drive. She was prescribing the drugs to her office staff and personal friends who did not have a legitimate medical purpose. And the prescriptions were outside the usual course of her dentistry practice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.

Reach Phillips at (803) 771-8307.

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