TRENTON – A Monmouth County physician has been barred from prescribing controlled dangerous substances in the state of New Jersey after she was caught improperly prescribing drugs while working at a local pain center, announced Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the New Jersey Coordinator for Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (“NJ CARES”).
Cherie H. Weiss, formerly employed at the Premier Pain Center in Shrewsbury, permanently forfeited her CDS prescribing privileges after admitting she prescribed controlled substances outside the authority of her supervising physicians and failed to properly document prescriptions in patient files.
Amid allegations of improperly prescribing CDS in 2015, Weiss’s Physician Assistant (“PA”) license and her NJ CDS Registration were temporarily suspended after she was terminated from employment at Premier Pain Center. Weiss has not been permitted to prescribe CDS or practice since then.
Earlier this month, under a Final Consent Order, the Division of Consumer Affairs permanently revoked Weiss’s CDS registration and the Board revoked her PA license for a period of at least four years from the July 1, 2015 date it was temporarily suspended.
The Enforcement Bureau of the Division of Consumer Affairs (“EB”) conducted an inspection of Weiss’s former medical office in which a review of patient files revealed multiple discrepancies regarding CDS prescribing between the patient records and entries in the Prescription Monitoring Program (“PMP”).
During an interview with the EB, Weiss acknowledged her misconduct and also informed that she had violated the Board’s rules and regulations governing a Physician Assistant.
“We’re cracking down on medical professionals who recklessly prescribe pain medications,” said Attorney General Grewal. “Our state faces an unprecedented opioid crisis, and we must take swift action against those who fuel addiction in New Jersey.”
Before the Board grants Weiss any application for reinstatement of her license, she must appear before a Committee of the Board to demonstrate her fitness to resume practice.