A District of Columbia medical board has revoked the license of a prominent Northeast physician who was convicted last year of illegally dispensing thousands of pills used by drug addicts to noost their methadone and heroine "highs"
The Commission on Licensure to Practice the Healing Art ordered the revocation after determining that the physician, Dr. Andrew F. Burton, 69 had not followed "acceptable medical standards" in dispensing Ritalin and Preludin.
SOme patients had repeatedly received Ritalin and Preludin at Burton's office at 600 11th St. NE, the commission said, without having to produce medical histories or having their use of the drugs supervised.
The two substances normally are used to curb appetite, but can be used in combination with methadone or low-grade heroin to increase the "high."
Burton was among five physicians against whom the commission's chairman, John R. Risher Jr., the city corporation counsel, announced last fall that disciplinary action would be begun. The license of one of the other doctors has been revoked, another's licende has been suspended for three years and two other cases are pending.
Burton's conviction last May in D.C. Superior Court is under appeal. The former Howard University surgery professor said yesterday that he had not been informed of the revocation.
Burton can appeal the decision to the D.C. Court of Appeals.