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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Doctor denies painkiller allegations, lawyer says

By Liz Kowalczyk, Globe Staff

Dr. Joseph Zolot, whose license was suspended yesterday for prescribing too many painkillers to patients -- some of whom suffered fatal overdoses -- is innocent, his attorney said today. Jeffrey Catalano of Boston said that his client "vehemently denies all allegations" and "is looking forward to vigorously defending himself" during an appeal. Zolot is entitled to a
hearing before the state Division of Administrative Law Appeals within seven days.

The Board of Registration in Medicine, which licenses doctors in Massachusetts, pulled Zolot's license yesterday, saying that he is an immediate threat to the public. The board released a document briefly outlining poor care to 30 patients, including eight who died, most from overdoses on drugs Zolot had prescribed or from chronic drug abuse.

Catalano said he could not comment on the details of the allegations. But he said Zolot cares about his patients, and that his office is open for patients who want to see other health care providers in the practice.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 05:02 PM
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