McAlester doctor's license ordered suspended

Wednesday, January 12th 2005, 5:36 am
By: News On 6

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) -- State narcotics agents have ordered the suspension of a McAlester doctor's license to prescribe controlled drugs.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics took the action after an investigation alleged that Doctor John -M- Hill was prescribing excessive amounts of prescriptions like painkillers and other narcotics.

Bureau spokesman Mark Woodward says the bureau found instances of patients receiving 120 hydrocodone tablets, then receiving another 120 the next week.

At a hearing at the Bureau of Narcotics headquarters last week, Hill didn't convince an administrative judge to reinstate his license to prescribe the drugs.

The state Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision is investigating Hill because of the narcotics bureau inquiry. Hill can still prescribe other drugs and his license to practice medicine is in good standing with the medical board.

The Bureau of Narcotics is continuing its investigation to see if charges will be filed with the district attorney's office.