Fernando Jimenez, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida doctor, was arrested this past week after he allegedly ran a pain clinic without getting the proper license, news sources report. Jimenez, 68, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of owning or operating a non-registered pain clinic and released after posting $3,000 bond. The press did not say whether Jimenez has hired an defense attorney.
According to reports, Jimenez owned a legal pain management clinic before this one, but his license expired back in 2010. He opened Pain Management Care Consultants at 200 Lindell Boulevard sometime earlier this summer. On July 24, when Jimenez signed a lease that required that he not run a pain clinic on the property, sources say. Jimenez also allegedly called the Department of Health in order to inquire about getting a license for his new medical office. He allegedly told an official that he did not intend to run a pain clinic.
After Jimenez started running his new clinic, tenants near Pain Management Care Consultants began to complain, sources say. The tenants purportedly said people were coming into their business and asking about a nearby pain clinic. The police got involved shortly after and arrested Jimenez for operating the clinic without a license to do so. In all, it is unclear how long the clinic was in operation. It is also unclear how much, if any, painkillers were wrongfully prescribed through the unlicensed clinic.
Unlawful pain clinics have been on the rise in South Florida over the past few decades. Sometimes referred to as pill mills, fraudulent pain clinics frequently hand out otherwise difficult to obtain painkillers to patients with little to no consultation. Popular painkillers, such as oxycontin, hydrocodone, and vicodin, are commonly prescribed in many of these operations. These narcotic drugs are opioid-based and are at a high risk of addiction. Deaths from overdosing on these medications are common as well and often include respiratory failure.
Pain clinics aren’t the only unlicensed operations causing problems in South Florida. Earlier this year, Davie resident Luz Angela Maria Rios-Ossa was apprehended after police allegedly discovered an unlicensed dental clinic in her house, sources report. Ossa, 49, was taken to the Broward County Main Jail on charges of practicing dentistry without a license. It was unclear whether she was eligible for bail. An update on her case was not immediately available at press time.
Reports say Rios-Ossa ran the unlicensed office from her residence along Southwest 49th Street in Davie. One room was used as a waiting room, while another, formerly a bedroom, was set up as an examination room, reports say. The examination room allegedly had dental tools, syringes, anesthesia and a dental chair, just like an actual office.
Police later discovered the operation after a patient of Rios-Ossa went to the clinic, got nervous, and left before receiving any treatment. The patient later called authorities and told them about her experience, sources say. Detectives later obtained a search warrant and raided the home. It is unclear whether any patients were ever injured while at the clinic.
Source: 9.6.13 Broward Jimenez.pdf