March 18, 2008
State board puts Grand Forks psychiatrist on probation for over-prescribing psychotropic meds to 2 children
A Grand Forks psychiatrist who is CEO and medical director of the Richard P. Stadter Center cannot prescribe psychotropic medications to children after the North Dakota State Board of Medical examiners found he over-prescribed doses to two children under the age of 12.
The stipulation to Dr. Thomas M. Peterson’s license was made during the board’s regular meeting Friday in Bismarck.
Stadter Center’s Peterson can no longer prescribe medications to children under the age of 18, at least until he’s able to complete a prescribing course that deals specifically with how to dose children, the board ruled.
“Peterson was found to have prescribed excessive amounts of atypical antipsychotic medications to two children under his care,” according to the board.
Atypical antipsychotic medications include Risperdal, Zyprexa, Geodon and Seroquel, according to the board.
The board found, and Peterson agreed, that he’d prescribed to one child “such an excessive amount of atypical antipsychotic medications (that) are beyond the acceptable stan-dards of prescriptive practice for a child in this age group,” and for the other child gave a prescription of a “particular combination of medications” that was “injudicious and an ex-cessive use of atypical antipsychotics.”
Peterson’s license will remain on probation for three years. He may apply for reinstatement of an unrestricted license once he completes the ordered course and “if he satisfactorily demonstrates to the Board his ability to renew his practice of prescribing psychotropic medications to children and adolescents,” according to the board.