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INDIANAPOLIS — The Medical Licensing Board of Indiana agreed Thursday to renew for an additional 90 days the license suspension of a Munster physician specializing in drug addiction.

The state initially suspended the medical license of Dr. Faizuddin Shareef, of NWI Medical Consultants, after the board concluded in July, on a 3 to 2 vote, that he presented "a clear and immediate danger to public health and safety."

Shareef's personal request that his medical license be restored following the original 90-day suspension was unsuccessful as the board again voted 3 to 2 to continue barring Shareef from practicing medicine.

According to testimony and records presented to the board, Shareef routinely ignored the results of urine drug screens that showed his patients likely were trading or selling the Suboxone addiction treatment medication he prescribed them for heroin or other opioid drugs.

In addition, Shareef frequently prescribed nearly all his patients the same amount and the same strength of Suboxone without fully investigating the medical necessity of the treatments he was providing, and his medical records were kept in "abysmal" condition, according to the attorney general's office.

Four of Shareef's patients also are known to have died of drug overdoses in the past two years.

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Statehouse Bureau Chief

Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.