Nicola Tauraso, of Frederick, Md., would "in almost all cases" prescribe whatever a new patient claimed to be using, usually including oxycodone, according to a decision and order signed by the executive director of the Maryland Board of Physicians. Once he became aware that a patient "had given some of the patient's OxyContin to a young girl, and that the young girl had almost overdosed as a result," the board director wrote. "Nevertheless, Dr. Tauraso continued to prescribe OxyContin to this patient."
Dr. Tauraso's license was revoked in 2011, 51 years after he graduated from Harvard Medical School, according to the board’s website. He now faces federal charges of distribution of controlled substances outside of accepted medical practice, and has pleaded not guilty. He could not be reached for comment.
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