On August 20, 2004, the Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), issued an Order to Show Cause to Thomas J. Mulhearn, III, M.D. (Dr. Mulhearn) of Monroe, Start Printed Page 24626Louisiana, notifying him of an opportunity to show cause as to why DEA should not revoke his DEA Certificate of Registration BM7570636 under 21 U.S.C. 824(a)(3) and deny any pending applications for renewal or modification of that registration pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 823(f). As a basis for revocation, the Order to Show Cause alleged that Dr. Mulhearn is not currently authorized to practice medicine or handle controlled substances in Louisiana, his state of registration and practice. The Order to Show Cause also notified Dr. Mulhearn that should no request for a hearing be filed within 30 days, his hearing right would be deemed waived.
The Order to Show Cause was sent by certified mail to Dr. Mulhearn at his registered address at 1207 Royal Avenue, Monroe, Louisiana 71201. However, that letter was unclaimed. It was then forwarded by the United States Postal Service to 91 Sidney Street, Apt. 315, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139-4286, an address Dr. Mulhearn apparently provided postal authorities as a forwarding address. However, the forwarded letter was also unclaimed and postal authorities returned it to DEA. Additional efforts by DEA investigators to locate Dr. Mulhearn's whereabouts have also been unsuccessful. DEA has not received a request for hearing or any other reply from Dr. Mulhearn or anyone purporting to represent him in this matter.
Therefore, the Deputy Administrator of DEA, finding that: (1) Thirty days having passed since the attempted deliveries of the Order to Show Cause to the registrant's address of record and his forwarding address; (2) reasonable and good faith efforts to locate him have been unsuccessful; and (3) no request for hearing having been received, concludes that Dr. Mulhearn is deemed to have waived his hearing right. See James E. Thomas, M.D., 70 FR 3,564 (2005); Steven A. Barnes, M.D., 69 FR 51,474 (2004); David W. Linder, 67 FR 12,579 (2002). After considering material from the investigative file in this matter, the Deputy Administrator now enters her final order without a hearing pursuant to 21 CFR 1301.43(d) and (e) and 1301.46.
The Deputy Administrator finds Dr. Mulhearn currently possesses DEA Certificate of Registration BM7570636, as a practitioner, authorized to handle Schedule V controlled substances. The Deputy Administrator further finds that on November 29, 2003, the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (Louisiana Board) issued an Order revoking Dr. Mulhearn's license to practice medicine in Louisiana. The revocation was based upon the Board's findings that Dr. Mulhearn committed professional misconduct due to personal substance abuse, failed to adhere to the conditions of a previous suspension and treatment program and was “unable to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to patients because of mental illness or deficiency, and/or excessive use or abuse of drugs, including alcohol.”
The investigative file contains no evidence the Louisiana Board's Order has been stayed, modified or terminated or that Dr. Mulhearn's medical license has been reinstated. Therefore, the Deputy Administrator finds Dr. Mulhearn is not currently authorized to practice medicine in the State of Louisiana. As a result, it is reasonable to infer he is also without authorization to handle controlled substances in that state.
DEA does not have statutory authority under the Controlled Substances Act to issue or maintain a registration if the applicant or registrant is without state authority to handle controlled substances in the state in which he conducts business. See 21 U.S.C. 802(21), 823(f) and 824(a)(3). This prerequisite has been consistently upheld. See Stephen J. Graham, M.D., 69 FR 11,661 (2004); Dominick A. Ricci, M.D., 58 FR 51,104 (1993); Bobby Watts, M.D., 53 FR 11,919 (1988).
Here, it is clear Dr. Mulhearn's medical license has been revoked and he is not currently licensed to handle controlled substances in Louisiana, where he is registered with DEA. Therefore, he is not entitled to a DEA registration in that state.
Accordingly, the Deputy Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, pursuant to the authority vested in her by 21 U.S.C. 823 and 824 and 28 CFR 0.100(b) and 0.104, hereby orders that DEA Certificate of Registration BM7570636, issued to Thomas J. Mulhearn, III, M.D., be, and it hereby is, revoked. The Deputy Administrator further orders that any pending applications for renewal of such registration be, and they hereby are, denied. This order is effective June 9, 2005.Start Signature
Dated: May 2, 2005.
Michele M. Leonart,
[FR Doc. 05-9245 Filed 5-9-05; 8:45 am]
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