Brunswick psychiatrist placed on probation

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BRUNSWICK — A local psychiatrist was placed on a year’s probation by the state Wednesday for substandard prescribing and record-keeping practices.

Dr. Whitney Houghton signed a consent agreement with the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine, according to a state press release, after the board and an independent review found her “records did not meet the standard of care and noted concerns with specific medications prescribed.”

According to the press release, the findings came after the husband of one of Houghton’s patients complained in April 2014 that the doctor continued to prescribe medications despite her patient’s “long history of addiction.”

Houghton also completed a three-day psychopharmacology course at Massachusetts General Psychiatry Academy last October. She must now “transition to and maintain typewritten records that meet psychiatric standards, successfully complete a record-keeping/charting course, and provide records for Board review,” the press release said.