RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — Some area patients are unable to get prescriptions filled after the medical license of Dr. Saifullah K. Niazi, M.D. has been suspended by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Niazi had been a practicing physician, specializing in psychiatry, in the Richmond area.
According to the report, obtained by CBS 6 News, the Virginia Board of Medicine issued the suspension on August 29th.
The report claims Niazi had been allowing employees, including his administrative assistant, to see patients on a regular basis – allowing them to often times “see, observe, and assess patients independently” “without Dr. Niazi being present or having only minimal contact with the patient.”
A patient of Niazi, who spoke to CBS 6 off camera and is referring to herself as Ellen, said that the report is consistent with her experiences with Niazi’s office.
CBS 6 reporter Joe St. George asked Ellen if she was surprised how quickly she would get her prescription even though Ellen didn’t spend a lot of time with Niazi.
“I never had a wait in my life like – it was ridiculous there were people out in the hallways, babies on the floor,” Ellen said
Ellen alerted CBS 6 to investigate Niazi after she was told by the office her prescription could no longer be re-filled.
“What I would say to Dr. Niazi is where do I go now?” Ellen said.
CBS 6 went to Niazi’s office. After a staffer informed the doctor that CBS 6 was looking for a comment, the staffer told CBS 6 that Niazi would not be commenting, only saying he was having a dispute with the medical board.
CBS 6 also discovered this is no the first time that Niazi is having a dispute with the Commonwealth.
In 2006, he lost his license for two years after the Virginia Board of Medicine concluded he had an inappropriate relationship with a patient. Niazi’s license was re-instated in 2008.
Niazi is expected to appear before the Virginia Board of Medicine on Sept. 27.
Patient’s of Niazi’s are asked to see there primary care provider.