Posted November 17, 2019 05:23:08Dr.
William Pugh, a cardiologist and a practicing physician in Ohio, has been the subject of several controversies over the past year.
On Nov. 19, he was fired from his job as a surgeon at Akron Medical Center, where he worked in cardiac surgery, after the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that he prescribed PropranolOL, an anti-depressant that he said could help with erectile difficulties.
Propranol was prescribed by the Akron Clinic, which is run by the Cleveland Clinic, to help treat erectile problems, but a Cleveland Clinic spokesman said the practice is not allowed to prescribe drugs for erectile disorders.
The hospital told the Plain Dealer it is conducting an investigation.
On Monday, the Ohio Board of Medical Licensure and Certification, which oversees medical professionals, issued a statement saying it had “an open and transparent investigation into the circumstances surrounding Dr. Pugh’s removal from his position at Akron” and was “notifying all of his patients of this incident.”
The board has not yet issued a ruling.
Last month, the Associated Press reported that a former employee of the Cleveland clinic said Pugh had prescribed ProphanolOL to men who were “acting erratically” and “becoming aggressive.”
In an interview with the AP, the former employee, who was not identified, said PropranaOL had been prescribed to him by Dr. James Pugh.
He said Puch’s prescriptions included a number of erectile complaints, including the use of drugs like Viagra, testosterone and other medications that had been banned for decades.
The AP obtained a copy of the prescriptions for ProphanaOL.
Propranalol is not prescribed to treat erectiles.
According to the AP’s report, Dr. Patrick E. Miller, the head of the Akron Medical Society, called for Pugh to be removed from his practice, citing “unfounded allegations.”
Miller did not respond to a request for comment Monday.
Prophanol has been banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 2004.
Proprianol is also not approved by the FDA for use to treat other erectile or sexual disorders, including erectile dysfunctions caused by an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer.
The Akron Clinic has denied that PropraneOL was prescribed for erections, according to the Plain Post.
“It was not prescribed for any specific sexual or erectile condition,” the clinic said in a statement.