Embattled doctor surrenders Utah medical license

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  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    July 22, 2014 7:33 p.m.

    I wonder if the state would of gone after him if he practiced in SLC and videoconferenced with patients in say Moroni or Vernal. The fact is a growing number of psychiatrists or other MD's practice this way usually in concert with a rural clinic. They have a name for it, its called telemedicine and other MD's in the state practice telemedicine as well.

    Since Suboxone is used primarily for opiod withdrawal and not for pain management and he had an assistant that would do the vitals, to me it doesn't seem as eggregious to run a suboxone clinic by telemedicine as long as his clients were given good care.

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    July 22, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    Sounds like a knee jerk reaction to harass another doctor who is trying to help people.

  • Simpe Spectator St.George, UT
    July 22, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    A lot of health care in Utah is very unethical. Starting with IHC. It's a monopoly and a lot of Utah congressman have their hands in IHC and won't stand up. A lot of doctors are breaking stark law (owning a rehab or home health). Oncologists (cancer doctors) won't put patients on hospice because they will lose pay. Utah is a health care mess!

  • Evets Eagle Mountain, UT
    July 22, 2014 8:30 a.m.

    I don't know how good his care was as there is not enough information in one short article. BUT I do know this that it is possible to deliver excellent care via video conference/telemedicine if the doctor is knowledgeable and he has good support staff. We started doing telemedicine in the military in the early 90's with great success. You can bring in experts from anywhere in world.-

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    July 22, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    Get use to it people. Obama Care's virtual Doctor with a minimum paid CNN working with the patient.

  • Kelliebelle66 West Jordan, UT
    July 22, 2014 5:11 a.m.

    Dr. Gahlinger saved my life. I had been prescribed opiod pain medications long term by a spine doctor who neglected to educate me on the dangers of long term opiod use. I got on the internet to find a doctor after hearing about Suboxone. I called just as his office was closing. He and his nurse waited for me and encouraged me to not take the Lortab that my spine doctor had just called in to help me with withdrawals because I had gone cold turkey and had been off it for nearly 3 days. Dr Gahlinger gave me Suboxone in the office to help my withdrawal and a prescription. They stayed until after 9 pm. I have been off of pain medication since. He also gave me a book he wrote that educated me about opioids. I know Gahlinger likes to do his humanitarian work out of the country and once left for a time when I was a patient. It was a mistake for him not to pay attention to his DEA license in Utah and he agrees he should be sanctioned. People should know that he did good things while in Utah and still practices medicine elsewhere.

  • nicholdraper West Jordan, UT
    July 22, 2014 5:00 a.m.

    This doctor spent more time diagnosing my wife than any previous doctor. He prescribed a course of treatment that got my wife off the heaver drugs that her previous doctor would just prescribe after seconds in the exam room. Three years ago he stopped treating patiences in Utah so my wife had to find another doctor. I can understand why some of his patiences kept asking to see him even after he stopped practicing in the state. This is more of a case of him missing paying the states registration fees. He is a good doctor and still practices in California.

  • WeThePeople Sandy, UT
    July 22, 2014 12:43 a.m.

    Yet another case of big government interfering with a hardworking man's livelihood....

  • CKJ1 Murray, UT
    July 21, 2014 10:33 p.m.

    This guy treated my son for a while. He cares about one thing and only one thing,,, money. His office was nothing but a Suboxone supplier to anyone who wanted it and had the money to pay.

  • Seek to understand Sandy, UT
    July 21, 2014 10:19 p.m.

    The babies born with Suboxone would have been born with other opiates had their moms not been treated with Suboxone. Not an ideal situation, but it's not as if the babies would have been born clean, and Suboxone is the lesser of opiate evils in most cases like this.

    The Dr. was able to practice in Utah most likely because we have an explosion of opiate addiction and only a few Dr.'s who are able to prescribe Suboxone (I don't understand why the limitation on this, but I've been told by Dr.'s that you have to have special training to prescribe it and you can only have a certain number of patients on it at any given time).

    We are in a crisis with heroin addiction in Utah and not enough Dr.'s to treat it. I can see why he was able to do it from far away via the internet. We need a plan of action to help our families with this epidemic.

    July 21, 2014 8:29 p.m.

    Doesn't seem like good quality of care based on the info in the article.

    Much like the online editing of articles, e.g. "even though he had not had held a valid". But, much more serious.