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Doc’s license is suspended

An emergency room doctor at Harlan ARH Hospital who also practices in Whitesburg and Middlesboro has had his license suspended by the state.

The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure suspended Dr. Donald Ramsey, of Knoxville, last week after an evaluation determined “he cannot practice with reasonable skill and safety at this time.”

According to the Board of Medical Licensure, an investigation of Ramsey began in February when the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) received an anonymous complaint which alleged that Ramsey “prescribes two phentermine 37.5 mg daily (twice the recommended daily dose) to hospital employees and their spouses; that individuals receiving these prescriptions are not being seen through the emergency room and may be using the medication to stay awake on the night shift; and that several of the females have small frames and do not appear to meet the BMI requirements.”

Phentermine is a weightloss drug available by prescription and is commonly referred to as a “diet pill.”

OIG reviewed an 18-page KASPER report (Feb. 1, 2013 through Feb. 11, 2014) and identified 17 patient names based upon age, dose, similar last names, working relationship to Ramsey and failure to run KASPER reports on any of the individuals.

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