Ex-NFL doctor accused of gross negligence in treatment of Junior Seau

The California state medical board has filed another accusation against former San Diego Chargers doctor David Chao, this time accusing him of gross negligence in his care of deceased NFL linebacker Junior Seau.

Seau battled depression and had trouble sleeping prior to his suicide in 2012. Chao had prescribed Seau the sleep drug zolpidem, also known by its brand name Ambien.

“The use of Ambien is associated with increased incidence of impaired driving and completed suicide,” said the accusation, filed this week. “It should be prescribed with caution in patients suspected of having depression or  suicidal thoughts, and in the lowest effective  dose.”

The accusation calls for a hearing on the matter and then a decision about whether to revoke or suspend Chao’s medical license. In 2014, he was placed on five years of probation by the board for other issues related to his care of patients.

The accusation notes an incident in 2010, when Seau drove his vehicle off a cliff near San Diego but survived. While many suspected it was a suicide attempt, Seau said…

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