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Doctor suspended after allegations of excessive prescriptions

When a patient visits his or her doctor, whether the patient is in Rhode Island or some other part of the country, a certain amount of trust is required. The patient must trust the doctor to know what type of drug, and how much of that drug, is safe enough to take. While doctors can make drug errors, every once in a while there is a doctor accused of flagrant disregard for the health and safety of his or her patients. Such is the case with a doctor in another part of the country.

According to authorities, the doctor has been prescribing large amounts of strong painkillers to patients, using a cash-only payment system. The government agency in charge of licensing doctors filed an emergency petition against the doctor, seeking her immediate license suspension for overmedication practices. The petition has been filed with the state's medical licensing board, and is scheduled for review later this week.

If the emergency petition is granted, the doctor will be suspended for 90 days from practicing, giving the attorney general's office time to put together a formal complaint. It is reported that this doctor has given 3,489 patients over 8,000 prescriptions for the drugs, including oxycodone, in the last 12 months. Such records show that the doctor has failed to meet pain management standards, according to authorities.

If allowed to continue to practice, this doctor's behavior could result in the death of a patient due to overmedication. Doctors are responsible for the care of their patients and this doctor has clearly shown a disregard for the safety and health of the patients within her care.

Source: WDRB.com, "Clark County doctor faces emergency suspension over painkiller prescriptions," Dec. 3, 2012

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