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Charleston Neurologist Pleads Guilty in Records Case


A Charleston neurologist has pleaded guilty to a federal record-keeping violation.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Dr. Iraj Derakhshan admitted in federal court in Charleston on Thursday that he dispensed a prescription painkiller to a patient last June without reporting it.

Prosecutors say he distributed Fentanyl to a patient last summer after another patient had brought him their remaining prescription of the opioid drug after having an adverse reaction.

Derakhshan faces up to four years in prison. Sentencing has been set for July 8.

He is appealing a three-year suspension of his medical license by the state Board of Medicine.