Saturday, May 31, 2003

More doctors face discipline

The Associated Press

SOUTH SHORE, Ky. - The state medical board has issued complaints against three doctors just weeks after five physicians were convicted of illegally prescribing narcotics in this small northeastern Kentucky town.

Lloyd Vest, general counsel for the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, said the agency issued the complaints this month.

"We've had lots of agencies looking, lots of public attention to what's going on down there," Vest said.

The board issued an emergency order May 23 temporarily prohibiting Dr. Adrian Collins, a semiretired general practitioner, from prescribing controlled substances until completion of the disciplinary case against him.

The board's complaint alleges that Collins prescribed diet pills without examining patients.

The medical board also issued a complaint against Dr. Willie Josey, accusing him of prescribing excessive amounts of narcotics.

The board had suspended Josey's license last June, after he was indicted by an Ohio grand jury on 13 counts of obtaining the narcotics hydrocodone and oxycodone by deception in 2000 and 2001.

In connection with its investigation, the Kentucky board asked a consultant to review Josey's prescribing of controlled substances for patients.

Josey pleaded guilty to the 13 counts in Ohio last November.

A third doctor, W. Rex Duff, was suspended after the board filed a complaint accusing him of prescribing diet pills without performing adequate physical examinations.

Duff has a "Be Slim Weight Loss" clinic in the South Shore Plaza.

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