Robert Clark Maiocco, M.D.; Decision and Order, 19383-19385 [2017-08450]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 80 / Thursday, April 27, 2017 / Notices INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–567–569 and 731–TA–1343–1345 (Preliminary)] Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway Determinations On the basis of the record 1 developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (‘‘the Act’’), that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of silicon metal from Australia, Brazil, and Norway, provided for in subheadings 2804.69.10 and 2804.69.50 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that are alleged to be sold at less-than-fair-value (‘‘LTFV’’) and imports of silicon metal alleged to be subsidized by the governments of Australia, Brazil, and Kazakhstan. mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Commencement of Final Phase Investigations Pursuant to section 207.18 of the Commission’s rules, the Commission also gives notice of the commencement of the final phase of its investigations. 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The Secretary will prepare a public service list containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the investigations. 1 The record is defined in sec. 207.2(f) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Apr 26, 2017 Jkt 241001 Background On March 8, 2017, Globe Specialty Metals, Inc., Beverly, Ohio filed a petition with the Commission and Commerce, alleging that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of subsidized imports of silicon metal from Australia, Brazil, and Kazakhstan, and LTFV imports of silicon metal from Australia, Brazil, and Norway. Accordingly, effective March 8, 2017, the Commission, pursuant to sections 703(a) and 733(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 1673b(a)), instituted countervailing duty investigation Nos. 701–TA–567–569 and antidumping duty investigation Nos. 731–TA–1343– 1345 (Preliminary). Notice of the institution of the Commission’s investigations and of a public conference to be held in connection therewith was given by posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the notice in the Federal Register of March 14, 2017 (82 FR 16353). The conference was held in Washington, DC, on March 29, 2017, and all persons who requested the opportunity were permitted to appear in person or by counsel. The Commission made these determinations pursuant to sections 703(a) and 733(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 1673b(a)). It completed and filed its determinations in these investigations on April 24, 2017. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 4685 (May 2017), entitled Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway: Investigation Nos. 701–TA–567–569 and 731–TA–1343–1345 (Preliminary). By order of the Commission. Issued: April 24, 2017. William R. Bishop, Supervisory Hearings and Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–08535 Filed 4–26–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Drug Enforcement Administration [Docket No. 17–4] Robert Clark Maiocco, M.D.; Decision and Order On September 22, 2016, the Assistant Administrator, Diversion Control Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, issued an Order to Show Cause to Robert Clark Maiocco, M.D. (Respondent), of Denver, Colorado. PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19383 The Show Cause Order proposed the revocation of Respondent’s DEA Certificate of Registration No. AM2281688, and the denial of any applications to renew or modify his registration, as well as the denial of ‘‘any applications for any other DEA registrations,’’ on the ground that he has ‘‘no state authority to handle controlled substances.’’ Show Cause Order, at 1 (citing 21 U.S.C. 824(a)(3) and 823(a)(3)).1 As to the Agency’s jurisdiction, the Show Cause Order alleged that Respondent is registered ‘‘as a practitioner in Schedules II through V’’ under the above registration, at the location of ‘‘Colorado Lipidology Associates, 633 17th Street, Ste. 100, Denver, Co.’’ Id. The Order alleges that Respondent’s registration does not expire until January 31, 2019. Id. As to the substantive ground for the proceeding, the Show Cause Order alleged that ‘‘[o]n July 19, 2016, the Colorado Medical Board suspended [Respondent’s] medical license.’’ Id. at 2. The Show Cause Order then alleged that Respondent is ‘‘currently without authority to practice medicine or handle controlled substances in the State of Colorado, the [S]tate in which [he is] registered with’’ DEA, and that as a consequence, his registration is subject to revocation.2 Following service of the Show Cause Order, Respondent requested a hearing. The matter was placed on the docket of the Office of Administrative Law Judges and assigned to ALJ Charles Wm. Dorman who issued an order directing the Government to file evidence supporting the allegation and ‘‘any motion for summary disposition’’ by 2 p.m. on November 7, 2016. Briefing Schedule For Lack Of State Authority Allegations (Briefing Schedule), at 1. In 1 As for the citation to 21 U.S.C. 823(a)(3), this provision is a public interest factor applicable to applicants for registration to manufacture schedule I and II controlled substances, which directs the Agency to consider the ‘‘promotion of technical advances in the art of manufacturing these substances and the development of new substances.’’ This provision is not applicable to this case, which involves a practitioner registered under section 823(f). While the Government also proposes the denial of ‘‘any applications for any other DEA registrations,’’ because this proceeding is based solely on Respondent’s lack of state authority in Colorado, the Agency’s authority to deny an application is limited to an application for a registration in Colorado. 2 The Show Cause Order also notified Respondent of his right to request a hearing or to submit a written statement in lieu of a hearing, the procedure for electing either option, and the consequence of failing to elect either option. Show Cause Order, at 2. Also, the Show Cause Order notified Respondent of his right to submit a Corrective Action Plan. 21 U.S.C. 824(c)(2)(C). E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES 19384 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 80 / Thursday, April 27, 2017 / Notices the same order, the ALJ directed Respondent to file any reply to the Government’s motion by 2 p.m. on November 18, 2016. Noting that in his hearing request, Respondent had sought to hold the proceeding in abeyance ‘‘pending the resolution of the Colorado [Board] matter either via a negotiated disposition or a final agency order following the hearing . . . set for June 26–30, 2017,’’ Resp. Hrng. Req., at 2; the ALJ ordered that ‘‘if the Respondent wishes to formally request a continuance in this case, he must do so in a written motion for continuance.’’ Briefing Schedule, at 1. On November 3, 2016, Respondent moved for a continuance of all proceedings in the matter until and including January 3, 2017. Resp.’s Mot. for Continuance, at 1. As grounds for the continuance, Respondent argued that the suspension of his state license was not a final agency action, that the state administrative case was currently being litigated, that the parties were engaged in active negotiations to resolve the matter ‘‘via a stipulated disposition that would allow [him] to return to the active practice of medicine,’’ and that ‘‘such a negotiated disposition may be reached within the next 45 to 60 days.’’ Id. at 2. Upon receipt of the motion, the ALJ ordered the Government to file a response by 2 p.m. on November 10, 2016; he also extended the deadline for the Government to file its summary disposition motion until November 18, 2016 and for Respondent to file his reply until November 30, 2016. Order for Government’s Response to Respondent’s Motion to Stay Proceedings, at 1. On November 10, 2016, the Government filed a pleading which combined its Opposition to Respondent’s Motion for Continuance and its Motion for Summary Disposition. Gov.’s Opp. to Resp.’s Mot. to Stay Proceedings and Gov.’s Mot. for Summ. Disp. (hereinafter, Mot. for Summ. Disp.), at 1. With respect to Respondent’s stay motion, the Government suggested that Respondent’s statements regarding the timing of a negotiated resolution of the state matter was speculative. Id. at 4. The Government then cited Agency precedent to argue that ‘‘even if the period of suspension is temporary or if there is the potential that Respondent’s state controlled substance privileges will be reinstated, summary disposition is warranted because ‘revocation is also appropriate when a state license has been suspended, but with the possibility of future reinstatement.’ ’’ Id. (quoting Roger A. Rodriguez, 70 FR 33206, 33207 (2005) (other citations omitted)). The VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Apr 26, 2017 Jkt 241001 Government thus maintained that Respondent’s Motion for Continuance should be denied. Id. As for the Government’s Motion for Summary Disposition, it argued that based on the Order of Suspension issued to Respondent by the Colorado Medical Board, he does not have ‘‘authority to prescribe, administer, or dispense controlled substances in the State of Colorado.’’ Mot. for Summ. Disp., at 3. The Government argued that there is no dispute as to this material fact, id. at 2, and that ‘‘[a]bsent authority by the State of Colorado to dispense controlled substances, Respondent is not authorized to possess a DEA registration in that state.’’ Id. at 3 (citing 21 U.S.C. 802(21), 823(f), 824(a)(3), and Layfe Robert Anthony, 67 FR 35582 (2002)). The Government further argued that ‘‘DEA does not have statutory authority to maintain a registration if the registrant is without state authority to handle controlled substances,’’ and that therefore, Respondent’s registration should be revoked. Id. (citation omitted). On November 14, 2016, the ALJ denied Respondent’s Motion for Continuance. Order Denying the Respondent’s Motion for Continuance, at 1. The ALJ’s explained that ‘‘[i]t is settled DEA precedent ‘that the existence of other proceedings in which Respondent is involved is not a basis upon which to justify a stay of DEA administrative enforcement proceedings.’’ Id. (quoting James Alvin Chaney, 80 FR 57391, 57393 (2015)). On November 30, 2016, Respondent submitted a pleading captioned: ‘‘Respondent’s Motion For Extension Of Time In Which To Submit His Response To The Government’s Motion for Summary Disposition And, In The Alternative, His Response To The Government’s Motion For Summary Disposition’’ (hereinafter, Extension Mot.). Therein, Respondent represented that he had ‘‘submitted a proposed Stipulation and Final Agency Order to’’ the Colorado Board, ‘‘which, if agreed to by the [Board], would result in the lifting of the suspension and the restoration of’’ his controlled substance dispensing authority in Colorado. Extension Mot., at 1–2. Respondent further represented that the proposed Stipulation was to be considered by the Board at its December 15, 2016 meeting and expressed his optimism that the Board would accept the Stipulation. Id. at 2. Further noting that the Board’s decision would be dispositive of this matter either way, Respondent sought an extension of the time until December 20, 2016 to file his response to the PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Government’s pending Motion for Summary Disposition. Id. Citing ‘‘the interest of administrative/ judicial economy,’’ the ALJ granted Respondent’s motion and ordered Respondent to file his evidence of reinstatement and his Response to the Motion for Summary Disposition by December 20, 2016. Order Granting Respondent’s Motion for Extension in Which to Submit His Response to the Government’s Mot. for Summary Disposition, at 2. On December 20, 2016, Respondent filed his Response and a Status Report. Response to Gov. Mot. for Summ. Disp. and Status Rep., at 1. Therein, Respondent advised that ‘‘the parties in [the Board’s proceeding] were unable to reach a resolution and [that] the matter will proceed to a hearing’’ scheduled for June 26 through June 30, 2017. Id. Respondent further acknowledged that his medical license had not been reinstated. Id. The same day, the ALJ granted the Government’s Motion. The ALJ noted that ‘‘[t]o maintain a DEA registration, a practitioner must be currently authorized to handle controlled substances in the jurisdiction in which the practitioner is registered.’’ R.D. at 3 (citing 21 U.S.C. 802(21), 823(f)). Finding that there was no dispute over the material fact that ‘‘Respondent lacks state authorization to handle controlled substances in Colorado,’’ the State in which he is registered with DEA, the ALJ granted the Government’s Motion and recommended that Respondent’s registration be revoked. Id. at 3–4. Neither party filed exceptions to the Recommended Decision. Thereafter, the ALJ forwarded the record to my Office for final agency action. Having considered the record, I adopt the ALJ’s factual finding, legal conclusions and recommended order. I make the following factual findings. Findings of Fact Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 556(e), I take official notice of Respondent’s registration record with the Agency. According to the record, Respondent is the holder of Certificate of Registration No. AM2281688, pursuant to which he is authorized to dispense controlled substances in schedules II through V as practitioner, at the registered address of Colorado Lipidology Associates, 633 17th Street, Suite 100, Denver, Colorado. Respondent’s registration does not expire until January 31, 2019.3 Accordingly, I find that Respondent has 3 Respondent may refute these findings (as well as any other finding based on my taking of official notice) by filing a properly supported motion for reconsideration no later than 10 business days from the date of this Order. E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 80 / Thursday, April 27, 2017 / Notices an active registration and that the Agency has jurisdiction.4 Respondent is also the holder of license number DR–36651, pursuant to which he is authorized to practice medicine as a physician by the Medical Board of Colorado. Mot. for Summ. Disp., Ex. 1, at 1. However, effective on July 19, 2016, the Board suspended Respondent’s medical license ‘‘pending proceedings for suspension or revocation.’’ Id. at 2. According to the online records of the Colorado Division of Professions and Occupations, Respondent’s suspension remains in effect as of the date of this Decision and Order. See 5 U.S.C. 556(e). mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Discussion Pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 824(a)(3), the Attorney General is authorized to suspend or revoke a registration issued under section 823 of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), ‘‘upon a finding that the registrant . . . has had his State license . . . suspended [or] revoked . . . by competent State authority and is no longer authorized by State law to engage in the . . . dispensing of controlled substances.’’ Moreover, DEA has long held that the possession of authority to dispense controlled substances under the laws of the State in which a practitioner engages in professional practice is a fundamental condition for obtaining and maintaining a practitioner’s registration. See, e.g., James L. Hooper, 76 FR 71371 (2011), pet. for rev. denied, 481 Fed. Appx. 826 (4th Cir. 2012); see also Frederick Marsh Blanton, 43 FR 27616 (1978) (‘‘State authorization to dispense or otherwise handle controlled substances is a prerequisite to the issuance and maintenance of a Federal controlled substances registration.’’). This rule derives from the text of two provisions of the CSA. First, Congress defined ‘‘the term ‘practitioner’ [to] mean[] a . . . physician . . . or other person licensed, registered or otherwise permitted, by . . . the jurisdiction in which he practices . . . to distribute, dispense, [or] administer . . . a 4 I note that the Government did not submit any evidence regarding the status of Respondent’s registration with its Motion for Summary Disposition. DEA’s regulations do not require responsive pleading to the allegations of a Show Cause Order. Thus, the failure of a respondent to refute an allegation in his hearing request does not constitute an admission of the allegation and the Government maintains the burden of providing evidence establishing the Agency’s jurisdiction as part of its Motion. The Agency has also noted in several decisions that even in those matters which are adjudicated on summary disposition, the ALJ is obligated to make findings as to the Agency’s jurisdiction. See James Alvin Chaney, 80 FR 57391, 57391 n.1 (2015); Sharad C. Patel, 80 FR 28693, 28694 n.3 (2015). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Apr 26, 2017 Jkt 241001 controlled substance in the course of professional practice.’’ 21 U.S.C. 802(21). Second, in setting the requirements for obtaining a practitioner’s registration, Congress directed that ‘‘[t]he Attorney General shall register practitioners . . . if the applicant is authorized to dispense . . . controlled substances under the laws of the State in which he practices.’’ 21 U.S.C. 823(f). Because ‘‘the controlling question’’ in a proceeding brought under 21 U.S.C. 824(a)(3) is whether the holder of a DEA registration ‘‘is currently authorized to handle controlled substances in the [S]tate,’’ Hooper, 76 FR at 71371 (quoting Anne Lazar Thorn, 62 FR 12847, 12848 (1997)), the Agency has also long held that revocation is warranted even where a practitioner has lost his state authority by virtue of the State’s use of summary process and the State has yet to provide a hearing to challenge the suspension. Bourne Pharmacy, 72 FR 18273, 18274 (2007); Wingfield Drugs, 52 FR 27070, 27071 (1987). Thus, it is of no consequence that the Colorado Medical Board has employed summary process in suspending Registrant’s state license and that Respondent may prevail at the hearing schedule for late June. Here, there is no dispute over the material fact that Respondent is no longer currently authorized to dispense controlled substances in Colorado, the State in which he is registered. Accordingly, I adopt the ALJ’s recommendation that Respondent’s registration be revoked. Order Pursuant to the authority vested in me by 21 U.S.C. 824(a), as well as 28 CFR 0.100(b), I order that DEA Certificate of Registration AM2281688, issued to Robert Clark Maiocco, M.D., be, and it hereby is, revoked. Pursuant to the authority vested in me by 21 U.S.C. 823(f), I further order that any pending application of Robert C. Maiocco, M.D., to renew or modify his registration, be, and it hereby is, denied. This Order is effective immediately.5 Dated: April 18, 2017. Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2017–08450 Filed 4–26–17; 8:45 am] 19385 DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Drug Enforcement Administration David D. Moon, D.O.; Decision and Order On December 8, 2015, the Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration (hereinafter, DEA or Government), issued an Order to Show Cause to David D. Moon, D.O. (hereinafter, Registrant), the holder of Certificates of Registration Nos. M9879024, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and BM2782692, in Las Vegas, Nevada, authorizing him to prescribe controlled substances in Schedules II through V.1 GX 4. The Show Cause Order proposed the revocation of his Certificates of Registration and the denial of any pending application for renewal or modification of Registrant’s registrations on the grounds that: (1) Registrant does not have authority to dispense controlled substances in the States in which he is registered and (2) he has committed acts which render his registrations ‘‘inconsistent with the public interest.’’ 2 Id. at 1 (citing 21 U.S.C. 824(a)(3) and (4)). As the jurisdictional basis for the proceeding, the Show Cause Order alleged that both of Registrant’s registrations expire on January 31, 2018. Id. As the substantive grounds for the proceeding, the Show Cause Order alleged that on June 18, 2015, the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners revoked his Oklahoma osteopathic license, and that on August 11, 2015, the Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine revoked his Nevada osteopathic license, which resulted in the status of his Nevada State Board of Pharmacy license becoming ‘‘inactive.’’ Id. at 2. Thus, due to the actions of the two Boards, the Registrant is without authority to handle controlled substances in the States in which he is registered with DEA. The Show Cause Order alleged that on April 17, 2013, Registrant was arrested at McCarran International Airport while proceeding through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint. Id. It further alleged that law enforcement officers found in his carry-on baggage drugs in pill bottles labeled for other people, drugs in unlabeled pill bottles, and loose drugs. Id. Based on the airport BILLING CODE 4410–09–P 5 For the same reasons that led the Colorado Board to summarily suspend Registrant’s medical license, I find that the public interest necessitates that this Order be effective immediately. 21 CFR 1316.67. PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1 The Registrant is also known in the Government’s records as ‘‘David DeWayne Moon.’’ Government Exhibit (hereinafter, GX) 13 and 14. 2 The Show Cause Order also proposed the denial of any applications by Registrant for any other DEA registrations. E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Drug Enforcement Administration

[Docket No. 17-4]


Robert Clark Maiocco, M.D.; Decision and Order

    On September 22, 2016, the Assistant Administrator, Diversion 
Control Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, issued an Order to 
Show Cause to Robert Clark Maiocco, M.D. (Respondent), of Denver, 
Colorado. The Show Cause Order proposed the revocation of Respondent's 
DEA Certificate of Registration No. AM2281688, and the denial of any 
applications to renew or modify his registration, as well as the denial 
of ``any applications for any other DEA registrations,'' on the ground 
that he has ``no state authority to handle controlled substances.'' 
Show Cause Order, at 1 (citing 21 U.S.C. 824(a)(3) and 823(a)(3)).\1\
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    \1\ As for the citation to 21 U.S.C. 823(a)(3), this provision 
is a public interest factor applicable to applicants for 
registration to manufacture schedule I and II controlled substances, 
which directs the Agency to consider the ``promotion of technical 
advances in the art of manufacturing these substances and the 
development of new substances.'' This provision is not applicable to 
this case, which involves a practitioner registered under section 
823(f).
     While the Government also proposes the denial of ``any 
applications for any other DEA registrations,'' because this 
proceeding is based solely on Respondent's lack of state authority 
in Colorado, the Agency's authority to deny an application is 
limited to an application for a registration in Colorado.
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    As to the Agency's jurisdiction, the Show Cause Order alleged that 
Respondent is registered ``as a practitioner in Schedules II through 
V'' under the above registration, at the location of ``Colorado 
Lipidology Associates, 633 17th Street, Ste. 100, Denver, Co.'' Id. The 
Order alleges that Respondent's registration does not expire until 
January 31, 2019. Id.
    As to the substantive ground for the proceeding, the Show Cause 
Order alleged that ``[o]n July 19, 2016, the Colorado Medical Board 
suspended [Respondent's] medical license.'' Id. at 2. The Show Cause 
Order then alleged that Respondent is ``currently without authority to 
practice medicine or handle controlled substances in the State of 
Colorado, the [S]tate in which [he is] registered with'' DEA, and that 
as a consequence, his registration is subject to revocation.\2\
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    \2\ The Show Cause Order also notified Respondent of his right 
to request a hearing or to submit a written statement in lieu of a 
hearing, the procedure for electing either option, and the 
consequence of failing to elect either option. Show Cause Order, at 
2. Also, the Show Cause Order notified Respondent of his right to 
submit a Corrective Action Plan. 21 U.S.C. 824(c)(2)(C).
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    Following service of the Show Cause Order, Respondent requested a 
hearing. The matter was placed on the docket of the Office of 
Administrative Law Judges and assigned to ALJ Charles Wm. Dorman who 
issued an order directing the Government to file evidence supporting 
the allegation and ``any motion for summary disposition'' by 2 p.m. on 
November 7, 2016. Briefing Schedule For Lack Of State Authority 
Allegations (Briefing Schedule), at 1. In

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the same order, the ALJ directed Respondent to file any reply to the 
Government's motion by 2 p.m. on November 18, 2016. Noting that in his 
hearing request, Respondent had sought to hold the proceeding in 
abeyance ``pending the resolution of the Colorado [Board] matter either 
via a negotiated disposition or a final agency order following the 
hearing . . . set for June 26-30, 2017,'' Resp. Hrng. Req., at 2; the 
ALJ ordered that ``if the Respondent wishes to formally request a 
continuance in this case, he must do so in a written motion for 
continuance.'' Briefing Schedule, at 1.
    On November 3, 2016, Respondent moved for a continuance of all 
proceedings in the matter until and including January 3, 2017. Resp.'s 
Mot. for Continuance, at 1. As grounds for the continuance, Respondent 
argued that the suspension of his state license was not a final agency 
action, that the state administrative case was currently being 
litigated, that the parties were engaged in active negotiations to 
resolve the matter ``via a stipulated disposition that would allow 
[him] to return to the active practice of medicine,'' and that ``such a 
negotiated disposition may be reached within the next 45 to 60 days.'' 
Id. at 2. Upon receipt of the motion, the ALJ ordered the Government to 
file a response by 2 p.m. on November 10, 2016; he also extended the 
deadline for the Government to file its summary disposition motion 
until November 18, 2016 and for Respondent to file his reply until 
November 30, 2016. Order for Government's Response to Respondent's 
Motion to Stay Proceedings, at 1.
    On November 10, 2016, the Government filed a pleading which 
combined its Opposition to Respondent's Motion for Continuance and its 
Motion for Summary Disposition. Gov.'s Opp. to Resp.'s Mot. to Stay 
Proceedings and Gov.'s Mot. for Summ. Disp. (hereinafter, Mot. for 
Summ. Disp.), at 1. With respect to Respondent's stay motion, the 
Government suggested that Respondent's statements regarding the timing 
of a negotiated resolution of the state matter was speculative. Id. at 
4. The Government then cited Agency precedent to argue that ``even if 
the period of suspension is temporary or if there is the potential that 
Respondent's state controlled substance privileges will be reinstated, 
summary disposition is warranted because `revocation is also 
appropriate when a state license has been suspended, but with the 
possibility of future reinstatement.' '' Id. (quoting Roger A. 
Rodriguez, 70 FR 33206, 33207 (2005) (other citations omitted)). The 
Government thus maintained that Respondent's Motion for Continuance 
should be denied. Id.
    As for the Government's Motion for Summary Disposition, it argued 
that based on the Order of Suspension issued to Respondent by the 
Colorado Medical Board, he does not have ``authority to prescribe, 
administer, or dispense controlled substances in the State of 
Colorado.'' Mot. for Summ. Disp., at 3. The Government argued that 
there is no dispute as to this material fact, id. at 2, and that 
``[a]bsent authority by the State of Colorado to dispense controlled 
substances, Respondent is not authorized to possess a DEA registration 
in that state.'' Id. at 3 (citing 21 U.S.C. 802(21), 823(f), 824(a)(3), 
and Layfe Robert Anthony, 67 FR 35582 (2002)). The Government further 
argued that ``DEA does not have statutory authority to maintain a 
registration if the registrant is without state authority to handle 
controlled substances,'' and that therefore, Respondent's registration 
should be revoked. Id. (citation omitted).
    On November 14, 2016, the ALJ denied Respondent's Motion for 
Continuance. Order Denying the Respondent's Motion for Continuance, at 
1. The ALJ's explained that ``[i]t is settled DEA precedent `that the 
existence of other proceedings in which Respondent is involved is not a 
basis upon which to justify a stay of DEA administrative enforcement 
proceedings.'' Id. (quoting James Alvin Chaney, 80 FR 57391, 57393 
(2015)).
    On November 30, 2016, Respondent submitted a pleading captioned: 
``Respondent's Motion For Extension Of Time In Which To Submit His 
Response To The Government's Motion for Summary Disposition And, In The 
Alternative, His Response To The Government's Motion For Summary 
Disposition'' (hereinafter, Extension Mot.). Therein, Respondent 
represented that he had ``submitted a proposed Stipulation and Final 
Agency Order to'' the Colorado Board, ``which, if agreed to by the 
[Board], would result in the lifting of the suspension and the 
restoration of'' his controlled substance dispensing authority in 
Colorado. Extension Mot., at 1-2. Respondent further represented that 
the proposed Stipulation was to be considered by the Board at its 
December 15, 2016 meeting and expressed his optimism that the Board 
would accept the Stipulation. Id. at 2. Further noting that the Board's 
decision would be dispositive of this matter either way, Respondent 
sought an extension of the time until December 20, 2016 to file his 
response to the Government's pending Motion for Summary Disposition. 
Id.
    Citing ``the interest of administrative/judicial economy,'' the ALJ 
granted Respondent's motion and ordered Respondent to file his evidence 
of reinstatement and his Response to the Motion for Summary Disposition 
by December 20, 2016. Order Granting Respondent's Motion for Extension 
in Which to Submit His Response to the Government's Mot. for Summary 
Disposition, at 2. On December 20, 2016, Respondent filed his Response 
and a Status Report. Response to Gov. Mot. for Summ. Disp. and Status 
Rep., at 1. Therein, Respondent advised that ``the parties in [the 
Board's proceeding] were unable to reach a resolution and [that] the 
matter will proceed to a hearing'' scheduled for June 26 through June 
30, 2017. Id. Respondent further acknowledged that his medical license 
had not been reinstated. Id.
    The same day, the ALJ granted the Government's Motion. The ALJ 
noted that ``[t]o maintain a DEA registration, a practitioner must be 
currently authorized to handle controlled substances in the 
jurisdiction in which the practitioner is registered.'' R.D. at 3 
(citing 21 U.S.C. 802(21), 823(f)). Finding that there was no dispute 
over the material fact that ``Respondent lacks state authorization to 
handle controlled substances in Colorado,'' the State in which he is 
registered with DEA, the ALJ granted the Government's Motion and 
recommended that Respondent's registration be revoked. Id. at 3-4.
    Neither party filed exceptions to the Recommended Decision. 
Thereafter, the ALJ forwarded the record to my Office for final agency 
action. Having considered the record, I adopt the ALJ's factual 
finding, legal conclusions and recommended order. I make the following 
factual findings.

Findings of Fact

    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 556(e), I take official notice of Respondent's 
registration record with the Agency. According to the record, 
Respondent is the holder of Certificate of Registration No. AM2281688, 
pursuant to which he is authorized to dispense controlled substances in 
schedules II through V as practitioner, at the registered address of 
Colorado Lipidology Associates, 633 17th Street, Suite 100, Denver, 
Colorado. Respondent's registration does not expire until January 31, 
2019.\3\ Accordingly, I find that Respondent has

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    \3\ Respondent may refute these findings (as well as any other 
finding based on my taking of official notice) by filing a properly 
supported motion for reconsideration no later than 10 business days 
from the date of this Order.
    \4\ I note that the Government did not submit any evidence 
regarding the status of Respondent's registration with its Motion 
for Summary Disposition. DEA's regulations do not require responsive 
pleading to the allegations of a Show Cause Order. Thus, the failure 
of a respondent to refute an allegation in his hearing request does 
not constitute an admission of the allegation and the Government 
maintains the burden of providing evidence establishing the Agency's 
jurisdiction as part of its Motion. The Agency has also noted in 
several decisions that even in those matters which are adjudicated 
on summary disposition, the ALJ is obligated to make findings as to 
the Agency's jurisdiction. See James Alvin Chaney, 80 FR 57391, 
57391 n.1 (2015); Sharad C. Patel, 80 FR 28693, 28694 n.3 (2015).
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    Respondent is also the holder of license number DR-36651, pursuant 
to which he is authorized to practice medicine as a physician by the 
Medical Board of Colorado. Mot. for Summ. Disp., Ex. 1, at 1. However, 
effective on July 19, 2016, the Board suspended Respondent's medical 
license ``pending proceedings for suspension or revocation.'' Id. at 2. 
According to the online records of the Colorado Division of Professions 
and Occupations, Respondent's suspension remains in effect as of the 
date of this Decision and Order. See 5 U.S.C. 556(e).

Discussion

    Pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 824(a)(3), the Attorney General is authorized 
to suspend or revoke a registration issued under section 823 of the 
Controlled Substances Act (CSA), ``upon a finding that the registrant . 
. . has had his State license . . . suspended [or] revoked . . . by 
competent State authority and is no longer authorized by State law to 
engage in the . . . dispensing of controlled substances.'' Moreover, 
DEA has long held that the possession of authority to dispense 
controlled substances under the laws of the State in which a 
practitioner engages in professional practice is a fundamental 
condition for obtaining and maintaining a practitioner's registration. 
See, e.g., James L. Hooper, 76 FR 71371 (2011), pet. for rev. denied, 
481 Fed. Appx. 826 (4th Cir. 2012); see also Frederick Marsh Blanton, 
43 FR 27616 (1978) (``State authorization to dispense or otherwise 
handle controlled substances is a prerequisite to the issuance and 
maintenance of a Federal controlled substances registration.'').
    This rule derives from the text of two provisions of the CSA. 
First, Congress defined ``the term `practitioner' [to] mean[] a . . . 
physician . . . or other person licensed, registered or otherwise 
permitted, by . . . the jurisdiction in which he practices . . . to 
distribute, dispense, [or] administer . . . a controlled substance in 
the course of professional practice.'' 21 U.S.C. 802(21). Second, in 
setting the requirements for obtaining a practitioner's registration, 
Congress directed that ``[t]he Attorney General shall register 
practitioners . . . if the applicant is authorized to dispense . . . 
controlled substances under the laws of the State in which he 
practices.'' 21 U.S.C. 823(f).
    Because ``the controlling question'' in a proceeding brought under 
21 U.S.C. 824(a)(3) is whether the holder of a DEA registration ``is 
currently authorized to handle controlled substances in the [S]tate,'' 
Hooper, 76 FR at 71371 (quoting Anne Lazar Thorn, 62 FR 12847, 12848 
(1997)), the Agency has also long held that revocation is warranted 
even where a practitioner has lost his state authority by virtue of the 
State's use of summary process and the State has yet to provide a 
hearing to challenge the suspension. Bourne Pharmacy, 72 FR 18273, 
18274 (2007); Wingfield Drugs, 52 FR 27070, 27071 (1987). Thus, it is 
of no consequence that the Colorado Medical Board has employed summary 
process in suspending Registrant's state license and that Respondent 
may prevail at the hearing schedule for late June.
    Here, there is no dispute over the material fact that Respondent is 
no longer currently authorized to dispense controlled substances in 
Colorado, the State in which he is registered. Accordingly, I adopt the 
ALJ's recommendation that Respondent's registration be revoked.

Order

    Pursuant to the authority vested in me by 21 U.S.C. 824(a), as well 
as 28 CFR 0.100(b), I order that DEA Certificate of Registration 
AM2281688, issued to Robert Clark Maiocco, M.D., be, and it hereby is, 
revoked. Pursuant to the authority vested in me by 21 U.S.C. 823(f), I 
further order that any pending application of Robert C. Maiocco, M.D., 
to renew or modify his registration, be, and it hereby is, denied. This 
Order is effective immediately.\5\
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    \5\ For the same reasons that led the Colorado Board to 
summarily suspend Registrant's medical license, I find that the 
public interest necessitates that this Order be effective 
immediately. 21 CFR 1316.67.

    Dated: April 18, 2017.
Chuck Rosenberg,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2017-08450 Filed 4-26-17; 8:45 am]
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