NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (NEWS10) – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has suspended the license of a North Adams doctor they accuse of providing “substandard care” to three patients.
Dr. Shaohua Tang is a primary care doctor. He specializes in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. But he’s accused of prescribing medication to patients he knew had substance abuse problems.
According to documents, in one case, a 35-year-old patient was allegedly hired by Dr. Tang’s office to fix computers in exchange for waived medical costs.
On August 17, 2015, Dr. Tang reportedly refilled that patient’s fentanyl patch, which is a powerful opiate. The next day, the patient died from an alleged acute fentanyl overdose.
In a note posted to his practice’s door, the office said it was closed due to an emergency. NEWS10 ABC knocked on the door but was ignored as an employee turned off the lights.
The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine has ordered Dr. Tang to explain his case. According to the board’s website, Dr. Tang has until February 7 to do so.