Psychiatrist John A. Sharp, suspended in Kentucky, subsequently charged by California

July 7, 2012

On March 30, 2012, the Medical Board of California issued an Accusation against psychiatrist John A. Sharp, based upon disciplinary actions taken upon Sharp by the licensing authority of the state of Kentucky.

In August 2011, the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure issued an Emergency Order of Suspension on Sharp, which was later amended to suspend his license until the complaint against him was resolved.

The Kentucky Board found that Sharp prescribed controlled substances and other drugs to family members and other with whom he did not have physician-patient relationship, without establishing medical necessity and without creating a medical record. Additionally, Sharp used his position to make false statements on a petition for involuntary hospitalization against his brother and self-administered at least some of the prescriptions he wrote for others.

In August 2011, he arrived at a locum tenens (temporary) assignment with two bottles of wine and was so mean and rude to nursing staff that the hospital staff refused to allow him to work, fearing he was impaired.

He was required by the Kentucky Board to undergo several evaluations, which found numerous conditions which impair his ability practice medicine safely.

Source: First Amended Accusation in the Matter of the Accusation Against John A. Sharp, Certificate No. G-85690, Case No. 16-2011-219292.


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