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Minnesota dentist fined $75K for unlawfully prescribing opioids

ST. PAUL — A Maplewood dentist agreed to pay $75,000 in civil penalties after authorities say he prescribed opioid medication to patients who didn’t have a medical need, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Jerry Kent Brunsoman and his clinic, Institute of Facial Surgery St. Paul PLLC, reached the settlement in federal court Friday, April 26, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

According to the civil complaint filed against him last year, Brunsoman wrote multiple prescriptions for controlled substances to patients without establishing they had a legitimate need for it.

Most of the prescriptions were for oxycodone and hydrocodone.

In addition, Brunsoman didn’t keep accurate records of when controlled substances were prescribed, leaving hundreds of doses unaccounted for and vulnerable to illegal use, the complaint said.

Congress has passed laws regulating prescribing and record-keeping for controlled substances to ensure they are not diverted for illegal reasons.

The Minnesota Board of Dentistry conducted its own independent investigation into Brunsoman’s conduct and ordered him to surrender his license and DEA registration to prescribe controlled substances, the office reported.

He is no longer working as a dentist in Minnesota.