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Charleston neurologist gets probation in opioid case

Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo by Sam Owens Then-Dr. Iraj Derakhshan attends a hearing of the West Virginia State Board of Medicine in 2015. On Wednesday, a federal judge sentenced Derakhshan for failing to record dispensing the prescription painkiller fentanyl.
Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo by Sam Owens
Then-Dr. Iraj Derakhshan attends a hearing of the West Virginia State Board of Medicine in 2015. On Wednesday, a federal judge sentenced Derakhshan for failing to record dispensing the prescription painkiller fentanyl.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After asking a federal judge to have mercy on him, a former Charleston neurologist was sentenced Wednesday to spend three years on probation, including six months on home confinement, for failing to record his dispensing of a high-powered prescription painkiller.

A beleaguered Iraj Derakhshan, 72, gave up his license to ever again practice medicine when he pleaded guilty in April to a felony federal record keeping charge.

“I stand before you having admitted to a — what I believe is a technicality, but nonetheless — a violation. I pleaded guilty, I feel remorse,” Derakshan told a judge before he was sentenced Wednesday. “I beg for your understanding and mercy.”

The charge carried a statutory maximum four-year prison sentence and potential $250,000 fine…

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