Fort Wayne Doctor Accused of Dangerous Prescription Practices

By Scott Sarvay

December 3, 2012 Updated Dec 4, 2012 at 12:11 AM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – State Attorney General Greg Zoeller has filed a petition to suspend a Fort Wayne physician’s license for “inappropriate and dangerous prescribing practices.”

Dr. William Hedrick of the Centers for Pain Relief in Northern Indiana is accused of prescribing a large volume of pain killers and being unsafe on drug mixing practices.

According to the filing, made with the Medical Licensing Board, Hedrick’s prescribing habits “are not medically sound and pose substantial risk to the safety of his patients.”

The board will consider the petition for Hedrick’s suspension at its next meeting on Thursday. If the suspension is granted, Hedrick could not practice medicine for 90 days while the Attorney General’s Office drafts a formal complaint to submit to the board. In licensing cases, the board has the authority to determine what if any disciplinary action will be taken.

“Evidence reveals that Dr. Hedrick poses a clear danger to his patients and the public,” said Gabrielle Owens, Deputy Director of the Attorney General’s Licensing Enforcement and Homeowner Protection Unit. “Numerous patients have died from multiple drug toxicity while in his care and these types of aggressive prescription practices are dangerous.

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