(WUSA) --- A District Administrative law judge Monday refused a request from a Wisconsin Avenue pain doctor to reverse temporarily a decision by the DC Department of Health that stops him from writing prescriptions for powerful pain medications.
Dr. Alen Salerian runs the Salerian Center for Neuroscience & Pain in far Northwest, and had his right to prescribe Class Two narcotics suspended earlier this month. That action followed by less than two days, and contradicts, a Drug Enforcement Administration decision that allows him to write these prescriptions until 2015.
In court documents, The Department of Health maintains Salerian "has prescribed highly addictive controlled substances to patients without medical sufficient necessity."
Salerian disputes the claim. "I think they are sincere, but ignorant," he says.
Salerian says it is difficult to discuss brain science with a lawyer or bureaucrat who has not been trained in brain function.
"A little bureaucratic board decides that i am a bad doctor so I should be stopped?" he asks.
Several of Salerian's patients have told 9News Now that they are suffering without the medications.
"It's just a bunch of crap. It's bad. It's bad," said Reco Coates, who lives with chronic pain that began when he was shot five times more than 30 years ago.
"I don't know what I am going to do. I really don't know, and I am scared for the first time in my life," Coates said.
Salerian says two doctors have agreed to step in and see his patients.
"Even with the good doctors that I mention, the waiting is several weeks," Salerian said.
"They are depressed. Some of them are definitely suicidal," Saalerian said of patients who call his office saying they are unable to deal with the pain without the medicine he has prescribed.
It's almost, it's almost not worth living. I don't want to go back to the way it was before I met Dr. Salerian. I hope I don't have to," said Scott Dixon, a Salerian patient who lives with a severe back injury.
Monday's decision was on whether to issue a temporary stay of the department of Health's decision until a full court hearing in June. It is that stay that was denied.