Doctor loses prescribing privileges after WHAS11 I-Team investigation

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by Adam Walser

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 16 at 6:22 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - WHAS11 first reported on Dr. Glen Richards last year, after a mother contacted us about his prescribing practices.

Richards operates two pain clinics in old Louisville, focusing primarily on treating accident victims and individuals with chronic pain.

The mother of a 20-year-old accident victim discovered dozens of empty pill bottles in her daughter's room after she began seeing Dr. Richards following a car wreck.

The young woman says she was prescribed the medication by a physician's assistant associated with Dr. Richards.

She says she never met Dr. Richards and never underwent an X-Ray, M.R.I. or other diagnostic test.

"I never met him. I just knew his name was on the pill bottle," the accident victim said.

"They knew that's what we were there for. That's what we were sent there for from the chiropractor. They told us we would be getting pain medicine," she said.

The victim eventually ended up having to go to rehab for drug addiction.

When the victim's mother reported what happened to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, an investigation was launched.

That investigation determined Dr. Richards constituted "a danger to the public," and described him as showing a certain degree of incompetence and some level of ignorance.

The report indicates Richard overprescribed narcotics, sometimes for months and years at a time, to multiple patients.

Dr. Richards' prescribing privileges have been suspended. He will have to under education programs, keep specific logs of patient interactions and have other doctors to write prescriptions for his patients for at least a year.

Richards did not return our calls Friday.

He currently operates two pain clinics in Louisville.

To read the order against Dr. Richards, click here
 

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