License of Marlboro Physician Temporarily Suspended

NEWARK, NJ – The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners, within the State Division of Consumer Affairs, has temporarily suspended the license of Dr. Philip Pollen, a Marlboro physician who has been accused of indiscriminately prescribing pain medications.

Pollen’s license to practice medicine in New Jersey will remain suspended pending further order of the Board. 

“Prescription drug abuse is a deadly epidemic,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said.  “The allegations against this physician are very disturbing.  While these investigations continue, the Board of Medical Examiners correctly acted to protect the public by temporarily halting his practice.”

An Interim Consent Order, signed by Pollen, notes that he is under investigation for allegedly having written prescriptions without evaluating patients, and that he indiscriminately prescribed medication for a patient’s back pain even after an MRI showed negative results.  He also allegedly dropped off prescriptions at a local pharmacy for patients to pick up.  According to the Consent Order, this investigation is ongoing.

The Consent Order also notes that Pollen’s South Amboy office has been closed due to non-payment of taxes.

“The State of New Jersey is bringing every available resource to bear in the fight against the diversion and abuse of deadly, addictive prescription drugs,” Eric T. Kanefsky, Director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs, said. “I commend our Enforcement Bureau and the Board of Medical Examiners for taking swift action in this case.”

At the Division’s direction, patients of Dr. Pollen in need of medical assistance are being told to go to nearby hospitals.

In a previous matter, Pollen had been arrested in April 2010 by the Matawan Police Department on one count of possession/use of a controlled dangerous substance and two counts of possession of certain prescription drugs.  In July 2010, Monmouth County Superior Court charged him with one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance or analog.  He was granted pretrial intervention, and ordered to be evaluated by the Physician’s Assistance Program.  He remained in the PAP from October 2010 through February 2011, according to the Consent Order.

Pollen agreed on Wednesday, July 24, to temporarily surrender his license to practice medicine in New Jersey.  He also agreed to surrender his State Controlled Drug Registration and his Federal Drug Enforcement Registration.

He also agreed that, prior to any reinstatement of his license, he will undergo a neuropsychological evaluation; and undergo a physician’s skills evaluation.  Any reinstatement would still require further order of the Board of Medical Examiners.

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License of Marlboro Physician Temporarily Suspended

NEWARK, NJ – The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners, within the State Division of Consumer Affairs, has temporarily suspended the license of Dr. Philip Pollen, a Marlboro physician who has been accused of indiscriminately prescribing pain medications.

Pollen’s license to practice medicine in New Jersey will remain suspended pending further order of the Board. 

“Prescription drug abuse is a deadly epidemic,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said.  “The allegations against this physician are very disturbing.  While these investigations continue, the Board of Medical Examiners correctly acted to protect the public by temporarily halting his practice.”

An Interim Consent Order, signed by Pollen, notes that he is under investigation for allegedly having written prescriptions without evaluating patients, and that he indiscriminately prescribed medication for a patient’s back pain even after an MRI showed negative results.  He also allegedly dropped off prescriptions at a local pharmacy for patients to pick up.  According to the Consent Order, this investigation is ongoing.

The Consent Order also notes that Pollen’s South Amboy office has been closed due to non-payment of taxes.

“The State of New Jersey is bringing every available resource to bear in the fight against the diversion and abuse of deadly, addictive prescription drugs,” Eric T. Kanefsky, Director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs, said. “I commend our Enforcement Bureau and the Board of Medical Examiners for taking swift action in this case.”

At the Division’s direction, patients of Dr. Pollen in need of medical assistance are being told to go to nearby hospitals.

In a previous matter, Pollen had been arrested in April 2010 by the Matawan Police Department on one count of possession/use of a controlled dangerous substance and two counts of possession of certain prescription drugs.  In July 2010, Monmouth County Superior Court charged him with one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance or analog.  He was granted pretrial intervention, and ordered to be evaluated by the Physician’s Assistance Program.  He remained in the PAP from October 2010 through February 2011, according to the Consent Order.

Pollen agreed on Wednesday, July 24, to temporarily surrender his license to practice medicine in New Jersey.  He also agreed to surrender his State Controlled Drug Registration and his Federal Drug Enforcement Registration.

He also agreed that, prior to any reinstatement of his license, he will undergo a neuropsychological evaluation; and undergo a physician’s skills evaluation.  Any reinstatement would still require further order of the Board of Medical Examiners.

Follow the Division of Consumer Affairs on Facebook, and check our online calendar of upcoming Consumer Outreach events.

Keep the Name: Veterans of All Wars Memorial Bridge

There is a bridge on state Highway 35, between Brielle and Point Pleasant that bears the name “Veterans of All Wars Memorial Bridge”. It was brought to my attention by the Office of the Minority in Trenton, that Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski was submitting legislation to change the name of the bridge to honor a man who, while a veteran, was also the head of a construction association. The last name is Briant. Mr. Wisniewski just happens to be the Chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee.

While I am sure his intentions are noble, why the name change now? The bridge was named back in the fifties and the enabling legislation expired at the end of that legislative session. However, the signage was never removed, so the state signs bearing the aforementioned name is still in view.

I contacted Mr. Wisniewski and-challenged the name-change. He withdrew the bill, but there now seems to be an end around to go ahead with the planned name change.

We need to have every post and county in the affected region to contact Mr. Wisniewski’s office and state clearly and respectfully that we want the name to remain as it is and not change it.

His office phone number is 732-432-8460 and his email is: [email protected].  Let’s flood his office with phone calls and emails! 

 

Joseph M. Gugliuzza
American Legion – Department of New jersey 

Past Department Commander 2005-2006
Department Legislative Chairman 2013-2014 

Keep the Name: Veterans of All Wars Memorial Bridge

There is a bridge on state Highway 35, between Brielle and Point Pleasant that bears the name “Veterans of All Wars Memorial Bridge”. It was brought to my attention by the Office of the Minority in Trenton, that Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski was submitting legislation to change the name of the bridge to honor a man who, while a veteran, was also the head of a construction association. The last name is Briant. Mr. Wisniewski just happens to be the Chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee.

While I am sure his intentions are noble, why the name change now? The bridge was named back in the fifties and the enabling legislation expired at the end of that legislative session. However, the signage was never removed, so the state signs bearing the aforementioned name is still in view.

I contacted Mr. Wisniewski and-challenged the name-change. He withdrew the bill, but there now seems to be an end around to go ahead with the planned name change.

We need to have every post and county in the affected region to contact Mr. Wisniewski’s office and state clearly and respectfully that we want the name to remain as it is and not change it.

His office phone number is 732-432-8460 and his email is: [email protected].  Let’s flood his office with phone calls and emails! 

 

Joseph M. Gugliuzza
American Legion – Department of New jersey 

Past Department Commander 2005-2006
Department Legislative Chairman 2013-2014 

Road Work on Monmouth, Sears and Navesink Avenues

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ -The Atlantic Highlands-Highlands Regional Sewerage Authority is doing work on the Force Main along a stretch of Monmouth Avenue.  Below is the Force Main Project update for the next two weeks

Monday July 29 through Thursday August 1 (no work Friday August 2, 2013).  Excavation of Sears Avenue, starting at Monmouth Avenue and ending just beyond the tennis courts.  There will also be project clean-up and maintenance along Monmouth and Navesink Avenue.  Detours and traffic delays should be expected between 7 AM and 5:30 PM.

Monday August 5 through Thursday August 8 (no work Friday August 9, 2013). Project clean-up and maintenance along Monmouth, Navesink and Sears Avenues.  Detours and traffic delays should be expected between 7 AM and 5:30 PM.

The schedule above may be affected by weather and other factors.  There will be no road construction on weekends.

The areas excavated each day will be closed and repaved by the end of that day.  Passage for emergency & service vehicles, school buses and local traffic will be maintained at all times but delays could occur so alternate routing is advised if possible.

Road Work on Monmouth, Sears and Navesink Avenues

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ -The Atlantic Highlands-Highlands Regional Sewerage Authority is doing work on the Force Main along a stretch of Monmouth Avenue.  Below is the Force Main Project update for the next two weeks

Monday July 29 through Thursday August 1 (no work Friday August 2, 2013).  Excavation of Sears Avenue, starting at Monmouth Avenue and ending just beyond the tennis courts.  There will also be project clean-up and maintenance along Monmouth and Navesink Avenue.  Detours and traffic delays should be expected between 7 AM and 5:30 PM.

Monday August 5 through Thursday August 8 (no work Friday August 9, 2013). Project clean-up and maintenance along Monmouth, Navesink and Sears Avenues.  Detours and traffic delays should be expected between 7 AM and 5:30 PM.

The schedule above may be affected by weather and other factors.  There will be no road construction on weekends.

The areas excavated each day will be closed and repaved by the end of that day.  Passage for emergency & service vehicles, school buses and local traffic will be maintained at all times but delays could occur so alternate routing is advised if possible.

Ray Veth Golf Outing Aug. 5, 2013

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The 11th Annual Rich Veth Golf Outing has been scheduled for Monday, August 5, 2013.  

The event will once again be held at the Suneagles Golf Course located on the Fort Monmouth property.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society as well as a scholarship in Rich Veth’s name.  This year’s recipient of the Scholarship was Middletown HS North senior Christopher Stark.     Chris was an All Division pitcher for the Lions and will be continuing his education and baseball career at the University of Maine.  Good luck Chris!!

If you are on Facebook, you can copy and paste the link below for a brochure.

https://www.facebook.com/events/567268866649215/?fref=ts

We have maintained the cost of golf at $150.   This includes a continental breakfast and a luncheon with awards & prizes (for  men & women golfers).  Sponsors may purchase a tee ad at $75.    Other sponsorships (Practice Green, Cocktail Hour sponsor, Hole in One, etc.) are still available.   For those interested in just attending the luncheon, a donation of $55 is requested.  The Rich Veth Scholarship Foundation is a 501 (3) c organization.  

The field of golfers is already filling up so please RSVP at your earliest convenience.    For more information, contact Karen Veth McNamara (732-291-1800) or Ray Veth (732-747-9588).

Go Lions!

Ray Veth Golf Outing Aug. 5, 2013

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The 11th Annual Rich Veth Golf Outing has been scheduled for Monday, August 5, 2013.  

The event will once again be held at the Suneagles Golf Course located on the Fort Monmouth property.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society as well as a scholarship in Rich Veth’s name.  This year’s recipient of the Scholarship was Middletown HS North senior Christopher Stark.     Chris was an All Division pitcher for the Lions and will be continuing his education and baseball career at the University of Maine.  Good luck Chris!!

If you are on Facebook, you can copy and paste the link below for a brochure.

https://www.facebook.com/events/567268866649215/?fref=ts

We have maintained the cost of golf at $150.   This includes a continental breakfast and a luncheon with awards & prizes (for  men & women golfers).  Sponsors may purchase a tee ad at $75.    Other sponsorships (Practice Green, Cocktail Hour sponsor, Hole in One, etc.) are still available.   For those interested in just attending the luncheon, a donation of $55 is requested.  The Rich Veth Scholarship Foundation is a 501 (3) c organization.  

The field of golfers is already filling up so please RSVP at your earliest convenience.    For more information, contact Karen Veth McNamara (732-291-1800) or Ray Veth (732-747-9588).

Go Lions!

180 Turning Lives Around Offers Counseling for Sandy Victims

HAZLET, NJ –  180 Turning Lives Around, through a $70,000 grant from  the Robin Hood Foundation, is offering free trauma counseling for Monmouth County children, adults and families impacted by Superstorm Sandy.  As the 2013 Hurricane begins, many people continue to suffer the after-effects of Sandy, such as difficulty sleeping; nightmares; feelings of worry, anxiety and fear; difficulty concentrating and work or school; and struggling with a sense of loss.

Among the services offered by 180 are individual counseling, group support, family sessions, art therapy, trauma-focused counseling, skills for psychological recovery, and case managements service to connect people with needed resources. All services are provided by Masters level clinicians with expertise in trauma and disasters.

Groups and individuals may be seen at various locations throughout Monmouth County, while children, ages 5 and up, and families may be seen together at 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy studio. Art therapists employ the Creative Coping program, which is designed to reduce stress, fear and anxiety, while gaining coping strategies, through art, music, movement, and play.

The program will offer families a course of treatment including the appropriate balance of family, individual, and group modalities, based on that family’s particular configuration (number and age of family members), their particular presentation of trauma symptoms (as assessed by therapists and measured by the standardized Trauma Symptoms Inventory), and the developmental stages of the children involved (play vs. art vs. talk therapy).

“We are grateful to the thousands of individuals who donated to the Robin Hood Foundation’s Sandy Relief Fund, which in turn has made it possible for us help those hardest hit here at home,” said Anna Diaz-White, executive director of 180 Turning Lives Around. “Based on the successful work we did following 9/11, refined with additional studies and knowledge about working with disaster victims, this funding allows us to re-tool our existing efforts give care to those who need it most.”

180 Turning Lives Around is one of 494 organizations in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut to receive Sandy-related funding from Robin Hood, which immediately launched a large-scale relief effort to aid its neighbors in the tri-state area whose lives had been shattered by Sandy.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 180 Turning Lives Around at 732-264-4111 for individual services; and 732-787-6503 for family services.

180 Turning Lives Around Offers Counseling for Sandy Victims

HAZLET, NJ –  180 Turning Lives Around, through a $70,000 grant from  the Robin Hood Foundation, is offering free trauma counseling for Monmouth County children, adults and families impacted by Superstorm Sandy.  As the 2013 Hurricane begins, many people continue to suffer the after-effects of Sandy, such as difficulty sleeping; nightmares; feelings of worry, anxiety and fear; difficulty concentrating and work or school; and struggling with a sense of loss.

Among the services offered by 180 are individual counseling, group support, family sessions, art therapy, trauma-focused counseling, skills for psychological recovery, and case managements service to connect people with needed resources. All services are provided by Masters level clinicians with expertise in trauma and disasters.

Groups and individuals may be seen at various locations throughout Monmouth County, while children, ages 5 and up, and families may be seen together at 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy studio. Art therapists employ the Creative Coping program, which is designed to reduce stress, fear and anxiety, while gaining coping strategies, through art, music, movement, and play.

The program will offer families a course of treatment including the appropriate balance of family, individual, and group modalities, based on that family’s particular configuration (number and age of family members), their particular presentation of trauma symptoms (as assessed by therapists and measured by the standardized Trauma Symptoms Inventory), and the developmental stages of the children involved (play vs. art vs. talk therapy).

“We are grateful to the thousands of individuals who donated to the Robin Hood Foundation’s Sandy Relief Fund, which in turn has made it possible for us help those hardest hit here at home,” said Anna Diaz-White, executive director of 180 Turning Lives Around. “Based on the successful work we did following 9/11, refined with additional studies and knowledge about working with disaster victims, this funding allows us to re-tool our existing efforts give care to those who need it most.”

180 Turning Lives Around is one of 494 organizations in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut to receive Sandy-related funding from Robin Hood, which immediately launched a large-scale relief effort to aid its neighbors in the tri-state area whose lives had been shattered by Sandy.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 180 Turning Lives Around at 732-264-4111 for individual services; and 732-787-6503 for family services.