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Kentucky revokes license of Lexington pain-clinic doctor

Dr. Najam Azmat, photographed leaving Lexington Algiatry's former North Broadway location on Oct. 18, had his medical license suspended Thursday.
Dr. Najam Azmat, photographed leaving Lexington Algiatry's former North Broadway location on Oct. 18, had his medical license suspended Thursday.

The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure has revoked the license of a physician who worked at a Lexington pain clinic that was raided last year by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

In 2012, the board suspended the license of Dr. Najam Azmat, who was prescribing drugs at Lexington Algiatry, a pain clinic on Alexandria Drive.

According to board documents, Azmat had little formal training in pain management or primary care, yet he was paid $7,500 a week to write prescriptions for powerful narcotic painkillers.

Documents accompanying the revocation order, dated Monday, said Azmat performed limited examinations of his patients and provided no treatment other than controlled substances and "ignored most evidence that would support a physician's decision not to prescribe controlled substances."

Documents also said, "Azmat's intent was to present the superficial appearance of a legitimate pain-management medical practice, while having as his primary and overriding goal the prescribing of controlled substances to as many patients as possible who were willing to pay the clinic's fee."

Even when confronted with patients' legitimate medical problems, Azmat ignored them and provided no medical care other than prescriptions of a controlled substance, board documents said.

"Based on the facts of the case and the result of the hearing," the revocation was the only option that medical board members had, board executive director Mike Rodman said.

Azmat had been indicted in February 2013 by a Georgia federal court related to distributing controlled substances, the documents said.

Azmat's attorneys could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.

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