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“DEA Decisions: In the Matter of Anthony E. Wicks, M.D.”

DEA Chronicles By Shannon F. O'Boye

In the Matter of Anthony E. Wicks, M.D. (October 22, 2013) DEA refused to issue a new DEA registration to a doctor who moved from California to central Florida in December 2010 and, in the seven months after his move, wrote more than 2,000 controlled substance prescriptions from his new location without notifying DEA of the move or applying for a new DEA number, as required by law. Anthony E. Wicks, M.D., had a valid DEA registration number in December 2010 when he moved from Visalia, California, and began practicing at a pain clinic in Winter Springs, Florida, but he never notified DEA of the move, failed to register at the Winter Springs location, and continued to issue controlled substance prescriptions even after his California-based DEA registration expired in May 2011. Wicks applied for a new DEA registration in July 2011, seeking authority to dispense controlled substances from a location in Tampa, Florida. On October 22, 2013, the DEA Deputy Administrator issued an order denying the doctor’s application, concluding that his repeated violations of the Controlled Substances Act and DEA regulations rendered granting the application inconsistent with the public interest.

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