FBI Agents Raid Eastern Shore Neurology and Pain Center in Daphne

DAPHNE, AL (WKRG) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a raid operation at a pain clinic in Daphne on Friday morning.

Federal agents were seen raiding Eastern Shore Neurology and Pain Center, removing boxes and leaving with computer equipment. The clinic was closed, and no patients were there when the FBI conducted their operation.

The center is operated by Dr. Rassan Tarabein, a neurologist who received his medical training at the University of Damascus in Syria.

Federal agents also raided Tarabein's home in Fairhope on Friday morning. He has not been arrested.

The FBI would not comment about the operation. It's believed the raid could be part of an ongoing federal effort to crackdown on doctors who over prescribe narcotics.

As WKRG reported last year, the FBI raided Physician's Pain Specialists of Alabama (PPSA) in Mobile, one of the largest pain clinics in the state.

The raid was part of "Operation Pillution," an expansive, multi-state effort to investigate large pain centers accused of excessive prescription practices.

Dr. John Patrick Couch and Dr. Xiulu Ruan of PPSA were arrested and charged for "dangerous" painkiller prescribing practices. Couch and Ruan were charged with the deaths of four people in connection to their practice.

As for Tarabein, this is not the first time he's had troubles.

In July 2004, an Administrative Complaint was filed by the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners related to the treatment eight patients.

After a hearing before the Medical License Commission, Tarabein entered into a consent decree by which he admitted to:

  1. Immoral, unprofessional or dishonorable conduct
  2. Practiced medicine in a manner as to endanger the health of patients
  3. Prescribing medication for reasons other than a legitimate medical need
  4. Prescribed excessive pain medications
  5. Ordered excessive epidural blocks
  6. Prescribed excessive narcotics
  7. Prescribed excessive doses of Lortab, Percocet, Percodan or Tylox
  8. Ordered unnecessary tests
  9. Prescribing Lortab and Demoral without any attempt to discover the cause of Patients pain

Tarabein was officially reprimanded and his license to practice medicine was suspended. That suspension was stayed and he was placed on two years probation.

On Jan. 30, 2007, the probation on his medical license was lifted. Since then, he has had an unrestricted license to practice medicine.

This is a developing story. We'll have more on News 5 at Noon.

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