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FL suspends doctor in fake Viagra scheme

Sun Sentinel, June 29, 2011
A Deerfield Beach doctor has been suspended for his role helping a company peddle imitation Viagra to men who didn't need it and whom he never examined, state health officials said Tuesday. David M. Kenton, MD, pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge of conspiracy to commit fraud and was sentenced to three months of house arrest in November, federal court records show. The state Department of Health said it is required to suspend him for the fraud conviction. The state also suspended the licenses of two doctors accused of overprescribing narcotic pills at a Boca Raton pain clinic raided this month and a doctor in Delray Beach found to have mental health issues. The state is "committed to identify and investigate people illegally practicing medicine or revealing unbecoming conduct," said Frank Farmer, MD, the department's director and state surgeon general. Farmer said he suspended the doctors because of the severity of their actions. They can contest the suspensions before the Florida Board of Medicine, which will make final decisions on their disciplinary cases.