My original introduction to Dr. David Vandercar was on April 1, 2010. My blog on 5/9/2010 was the first time I referenced his practice in Tampa. http://www.prescriptionaddictionradio.com/blog/from-the-59-show-a-positive-tribute-to-my-home-town-paper As stated in the blog, a number of people during the April 1, 2010 BanOxyContin rally came up to rally participants sharing their unsolicited concerns about Vandercar whose office was close by.
After the rally, I found a February 24, 2008 article from the then St. Pete Times that included some insane information that was not questioned by the newspaper. It was bazaar at the time that the reporters did not question why a doctor had “all of his 800 patients” on “opiate painkillers like OxyContin and Methadone”. http://www.sptimes.com/2008/02/24/Worldandnation/The_politics_of_pain.shtml
The next time Vandercar’s name came up was when I was privileged to review a documentary a group of USF students did on pain management towards the end of 2010. One of the students worked for Vandercar and influenced the class to make a positive documentary on Vandercar’s “medical” practice.
I protested to the USF professor to withhold the documentary from the public because of its misleading depiction I believed of Vandercar and pain management in general. The documentary had a person in recovery from prescription narcotics depicted in a negative black background and a present “pain patient” of Vandercar’s depicted in a positive light along with sharing accolades of Vandercar.
The public television station ran the documentary in spite of my vocal concerns in January, 2011.
At one point the Sarasota-Manatee Medical News ran a complimentary article on Vandercar. http://mana-sara.medicalnewsinc.com/physician-spotlight-david-houston-vandercar-md-phd-cms-1151 The article started with “We are aggressively doing everything we can to be the best pain clinic around”.
The radio show does not know if Vandercar paid for the positive exposure or filled a news void for the Sarasota-Manatee Medical News that week.
On June 15, the Department of Health issued an Administrative Complaint on Dr. David Vandercar. http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASINDI.ASP?LicId=49754&ProfNBR=1501 (link to complaint). In part, “The strengths and quantities of oxycodone, oxycontin, valium
and methadone which Respondent prescribed were without justification or without documenting justification in the medical record of JNE.” (patient).
On JNE’s first visit on September , 2006 Vandercar gave him Oxycodone, OxyContin and Valium and the saga continued until at least May of 2008, well after The St Pete Times positive expose on Vandercar.
JNE is presently serving a long prison sentence for the armed robbery for drugs.
With Vandercar’s wife, Candy Vandercar a judge in Pasco County and his daughter an attorney for his medical practice, it will be interesting if the Florida Medical Board will be influenced by their final decision.
The Florida Medical Board should revoke Vandercar’s license. Vandercar consciously and methodically understood his actions on behalf of JNE.
Anything less will be another display of the Medical Board’s ineptness during the prescription drug epidemic that has affected tens of thousands.