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Thursday, Mar 06 2014 05:00 PM

Medical board seeks to revoke local doctor's license to practice

BY COURTENAY EDELHART Californian staff writer cedelhart@bakersfield.com

The Medical Board of California is going after the license of local physician Maria Socorro Rolland, who is accused of writing and refilling prescriptions for eight people who were not her patients, most of them friends and relatives.

Rolland was accused of repeated "gross negligence" in writing prescriptions without doing examinations to see if the drugs were medically necessary or monitoring recipients after they began regimens of controlled substances, according to a complaint the medical board filed on Feb. 27.

Allegedly written between 2010 and 2013, the prescriptions were for antidepressants, antibiotics, a drug used to treat hypertension and other heart disorders and an appetite suppressant, according to the complaint.

On at least one occasion, Rolland also "furnished" an ex-boyfriend with an antidepressant, according to the complaint. In that case, too, she failed to conduct an exam, the medical board said.

A medical board spokeswoman declined to answer questions about the accusations.

Rolland could not be reached for comment. No one answered the door at a northeast Bakersfield apartment listed as Rolland's address on her medical license.

The recipients of the prescriptions included Rolland's ex-husband, sister, housekeeper, two friends, a former boyfriend and a current boyfriend, as well as one person who "was not her patient, was not a member of her family, and was not a personal friend," according to the complaint.

Rolland is a former anesthesiologist at San Joaquin Community Hospital, but she "is no longer on staff" as of March 6, 2013, said hospital spokeswoman Teresa Adamo.

She could not immediately say how long Rolland had worked at the hospital or the circumstances of the doctor's departure.

The board plans to schedule a hearing on the revocation of Rolland's license, which is up for renewal on June 30. It was originally issued on June 4, 2008.

Without a license, Rolland would be prohibited from practicing medicine or supervising physician assistants.

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