The board's action comes after a Los Angeles Times investigation in November found 16 people died after Dr. Van Vu — whose California Pain Center has locations in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach — prescribed them powerful pain medication.
According to the paper, Vu's attorney, Richard Wynn, said the doctor would cooperate fully with the investigation. He said Vu hoped the medical board would form a committee to develop better procedures for treating chronic pain, and that he be invited to participate.
A series of Los Angeles Times articles published last year reported many patients Southern California had accidentally overdosed on medicine lawfully obtained and prescribed by different doctors.
Reporters identified a total of 3,733 deaths from prescription drugs from 2006 through 2011 in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and San Diego counties.