Doctor's license suspended amid prescription drug allegations

Jun 24, 2014 Full story: WCYB 318

The doors are locked on a doctor's office in Russell County, Virginia, and signs are on the doors saying it's closed until further notice.

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jack

United States

#1 Jun 25, 2014
Glad this finally happen! Maybe it will motivate these deadbeats to go get a job and quit leaning on tax-payers for handouts!
patient

Lebanon, VA

#2 Jun 25, 2014
What about "deadbeats" like myself that busted my ads for more years than you are old in coal mines or construction or factories that have been crushed ran over or in terrible accidents? Yes I take the lowest dose of pain medication possible and have been offered more bit I am smart enough to know what I need. When you can barely open the car door for your wife or tend your garden and lose what it feels like to be the caretaker of your family, let's hear your opinion. I understand that from 2005 to 2011 there were FOUR PATIENTS die. Compare that to the hundreds he saw daily and that in a six year span? Those four were NEVER said to have died due directly to his negligence! They were probably dying of a progressive disease like myself!!! If they did go in seeking drugs and died, THEY DID IT WITH A PLAN AND KNOWINGLY!! Their families knew they were doing it and said nothing to his office until they hoped to get money. A dr isn't perfect, just a man that makes mistakes. I love knowing that my years of dragging myself through mines, surviving blasts and being crushed and now dying will end in misery because of a government trying to play doctor.
patient

Lebanon, VA

#3 Jun 25, 2014
patient wrote:
What about "deadbeats" like myself that busted my ads for more years than you are old in coal mines or construction or factories that have been crushed ran over or in terrible accidents? Yes I take the lowest dose of pain medication possible and have been offered more bit I am smart enough to know what I need. When you can barely open the car door for your wife or tend your garden and lose what it feels like to be the caretaker of your family, let's hear your opinion. I understand that from 2005 to 2011 there were FOUR PATIENTS die. Compare that to the hundreds he saw daily and that in a six year span? Those four were NEVER said to have died due directly to his negligence! They were probably dying of a progressive disease like myself!!! If they did go in seeking drugs and died, THEY DID IT WITH A PLAN AND KNOWINGLY!! Their families knew they were doing it and said nothing to his office until they hoped to get money. A dr isn't perfect, just a man that makes mistakes. I love knowing that my years of dragging myself through mines, surviving blasts and being crushed and now dying will end in misery because of a government trying to play doctor.
Thank you sir well said. This is also for us older people who suffer from different illnesses that make it hard to get out of bed in the morning and do what we have to do including raising our grandchildren who's parents are addicts. So we all are Not there for our fix for the day. We do have a valid reason to be there other than our drugs as everyone thinks.
Annonymous

Johnson City, TN

#4 Jun 26, 2014
patient wrote:
What about "deadbeats" like myself that busted my ads for more years than you are old in coal mines or construction or factories that have been crushed ran over or in terrible accidents? Yes I take the lowest dose of pain medication possible and have been offered more bit I am smart enough to know what I need. When you can barely open the car door for your wife or tend your garden and lose what it feels like to be the caretaker of your family, let's hear your opinion. I understand that from 2005 to 2011 there were FOUR PATIENTS die. Compare that to the hundreds he saw daily and that in a six year span? Those four were NEVER said to have died due directly to his negligence! They were probably dying of a progressive disease like myself!!! If they did go in seeking drugs and died, THEY DID IT WITH A PLAN AND KNOWINGLY!! Their families knew they were doing it and said nothing to his office until they hoped to get money. A dr isn't perfect, just a man that makes mistakes. I love knowing that my years of dragging myself through mines, surviving blasts and being crushed and now dying will end in misery because of a government trying to play doctor.
While I certainly understand where you are coming from, I must assume you did not in fact read the 33-page document attached to the WCYB article. The DEA did tracers of nine patients between 2005 to 2011. There were actually five deaths out of these nine. All of these patients repeatedly failed urine drug screenings carried out by Family Health Care. The families of these deceased patients did in fact call - some multiple times - to report misuse of prescription drugs. The patients were usually asked to come in for a urine drug screening and/or pill count. These were failed. However, they still received refills on their prescriptions!

Some may have indeed had disease processes, as you said. However, of the five who died, they carried only vague diagnoses, such as chronic back pain or knee pain. No further testing was done to determine the exact cause of these complaints. They were simply given more and more narcotics. And yes, the deaths were directly linked to abuse of narcotics! This was determined by the autopsy reports.

I suggest anyone alert to this story read the attached document, which is the official report of the case from the Virginia Board of Medicine. It should open your eyes. Quite simply, this is neglect of the worst possible kind. I hope justice is served.
its a shame

Tampa, FL

#6 Jun 26, 2014
I thank the ppl that's never been hurt in Minnie's or other work and say we are a drain can kiss my a** I put my time in and then sum what do you do bud??? Its no my fault be over use there meds or sale them I don't have that pleasure I need mine and can't run out...try walking a mile in my shoes
Larry

Lebanon, VA

#7 Jun 26, 2014
its a shame wrote:
I thank the ppl that's never been hurt in Minnie's or other work and say we are a drain can kiss my a** I put my time in and then sum what do you do bud??? Its no my fault be over use there meds or sale them I don't have that pleasure I need mine and can't run out...try walking a mile in my shoes
The way this is written looks really familiar "old bud"!
jack

United States

#9 Jun 26, 2014
Annonymous wrote:
<quoted text>
While I certainly understand where you are coming from, I must assume you did not in fact read the 33-page document attached to the WCYB article. The DEA did tracers of nine patients between 2005 to 2011. There were actually five deaths out of these nine. All of these patients repeatedly failed urine drug screenings carried out by Family Health Care. The families of these deceased patients did in fact call - some multiple times - to report misuse of prescription drugs. The patients were usually asked to come in for a urine drug screening and/or pill count. These were failed. However, they still received refills on their prescriptions!
Some may have indeed had disease processes, as you said. However, of the five who died, they carried only vague diagnoses, such as chronic back pain or knee pain. No further testing was done to determine the exact cause of these complaints. They were simply given more and more narcotics. And yes, the deaths were directly linked to abuse of narcotics! This was determined by the autopsy reports.
I suggest anyone alert to this story read the attached document, which is the official report of the case from the Virginia Board of Medicine. It should open your eyes. Quite simply, this is neglect of the worst possible kind. I hope justice is served.
to the person that wrote this,I want to thank you! Your are right this neglect and I hope justice is served as well! I hope doctor bailey has to pay each family restitution!
SashaInTheSkyWit hEmeralds

Smithfield, RI

#10 Jun 27, 2014
They would be lucky to be able to walk a quarter mile in my shoes, much less an entire mile (and that would be WITH my medication). Without it, I can barely get out of bed in the morning.
its a shame wrote:
I thank the ppl that's never been hurt in Minnie's or other work and say we are a drain can kiss my a** I put my time in and then sum what do you do bud??? Its no my fault be over use there meds or sale them I don't have that pleasure I need mine and can't run out...try walking a mile in my shoes
Hypnotoad

Lebanon, VA

#11 Jun 27, 2014
There is a real problem with a particular doctor's care when the first words out of his patient's mouth is "where am I gonna get my meds?"

What they want which may not be what they need to manage a condition is the implication. If this were a cry for more physicians in SWVA it would be understandable, but it's all about them and a single doctor.

If you have a valid need for pain management there are other doctors to evaluate you in town. It's a shame there is one less, except for the fact that Dr. Bailey's care may be dangerous to his patients. That's what hearings are for.
Hypnotoad

Lebanon, VA

#12 Jun 27, 2014
To other practices in town. Don't judge patients because of the doctor they see. Get them in to a physician for evaluation. Only then can reality and not personal opinion get them the treatment they need.
smarterthanmost

Roanoke, VA

#13 Jun 27, 2014
maybe mr puckett can be the new doc in town and bailey can be the senator!!!!! This is a twisted little town.
Hypnotoad

Lebanon, VA

#14 Jun 27, 2014
smarterthanmost wrote:
maybe mr puckett can be the new doc in town and bailey can be the senator!!!!! This is a twisted little town.
All things twist and writhe in misery as they diminish in death.
riverhappy

Tampa, FL

#15 Jun 27, 2014
I do believe like the man that worked in the mines needs his meds an people with real pain but i do not go to dr baily but i know alot of people that does an yes i k ow what they r like an i know the office has been warned on some people an yes he still writes so many young talking about 20 an early 30s go to him so much in pain then u see them fried in their head an some selling making a thousand dollor a month he does need to be stoped ...
anonymous

Kingsport, TN

#16 Jun 27, 2014
patient wrote:
What about "deadbeats" like myself that busted my ads for more years than you are old in coal mines or construction or factories that have been crushed ran over or in terrible accidents? Yes I take the lowest dose of pain medication possible and have been offered more bit I am smart enough to know what I need. When you can barely open the car door for your wife or tend your garden and lose what it feels like to be the caretaker of your family, let's hear your opinion. I understand that from 2005 to 2011 there were FOUR PATIENTS die. Compare that to the hundreds he saw daily and that in a six year span? Those four were NEVER said to have died due directly to his negligence! They were probably dying of a progressive disease like myself!!! If they did go in seeking drugs and died, THEY DID IT WITH A PLAN AND KNOWINGLY!! Their families knew they were doing it and said nothing to his office until they hoped to get money. A dr isn't perfect, just a man that makes mistakes. I love knowing that my years of dragging myself through mines, surviving blasts and being crushed and now dying will end in misery because of a government trying to play doctor.
You're being over-dramatic. If your injuries are real and truly require medication, they you'll be able to get them from another reputable doctor.
patient

Lebanon, VA

#17 Jun 27, 2014
Overly dramatic?? He has been my physician 20 yrs or more. My wife can hardly see and a ride to Abingdon is excruciating. I am being told by C-health they do not take patients on pain medication. You tell me how that is overly dramatic. You wouldn't call it overly dramatic if it were your father and mother. I take it you don't know anyone that is to crippled up to put a shirt over their heads and has to use one arm to lift the other and can't walt 25ft without stopping. Is that dramatic enough for you? First my grandchildren lose their pediatrician, Dr. Rexrode will be leaving soon and EVERY physician I or my wife has seen at RCMC has suggested we go to their office in Abingdon or Abingdon hospital for procedures. When you have to fork over $20 in gas every time you need a physician and make several follow ups because Lebanon has completely shut down, remember not to be too dramatic about it. When a loved one is in a serious accident and needs help and you have to make that trip praying that they will make it, don't be too dramatic. Thanks though.
anonymous wrote:
<quoted text>
You're being over-dramatic. If your injuries are real and truly require medication, they you'll be able to get them from another reputable doctor.
patient

Lebanon, VA

#18 Jun 27, 2014
The longer I think about this the madder I get. I'm 63 and my spouse is 65 and we have had Dr. Bailey for a primary care doctor for over twenty years. Now here we are no family doctor. Yes we both have back trouble and I'd have had total hip replacement. Both had knee surgery. Just because you have surgery doesn't mean you are pain free. We are neither addicts. Both have went in for pill counts even though I was on my way for another doctors app. Was told I had to be there. So don't believe all I read.

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#19 Jun 27, 2014
You are consider a deadbeat if you worked!
Annonymous wrote:
<quoted text>
While I certainly understand where you are coming from, I must assume you did not in fact read the 33-page document attached to the WCYB article. The DEA did tracers of nine patients between 2005 to 2011. There were actually five deaths out of these nine. All of these patients repeatedly failed urine drug screenings carried out by Family Health Care. The families of these deceased patients did in fact call - some multiple times - to report misuse of prescription drugs. The patients were usually asked to come in for a urine drug screening and/or pill count. These were failed. However, they still received refills on their prescriptions!
Some may have indeed had disease processes, as you said. However, of the five who died, they carried only vague diagnoses, such as chronic back pain or knee pain. No further testing was done to determine the exact cause of these complaints. They were simply given more and more narcotics. And yes, the deaths were directly linked to abuse of narcotics! This was determined by the autopsy reports.
I suggest anyone alert to this story read the attached document, which is the official report of the case from the Virginia Board of Medicine. It should open your eyes. Quite simply, this is neglect of the worst possible kind. I hope justice is served.
former patient

Honaker, VA

#20 Jun 27, 2014
I can feel for people who really entrusted Dr. Bailey with their healthcare needs especially the elderly and middle age folks as my mother has been seeing him for about 15 years now. My great grandmother thought he was a saint and went to him for a long time as well. I have went to him in time as well. However that being said, I have been on the "self pay" end of the spectrum where I was left out in the cold without any health insurance at all (from bouts of unemployment) and the new healthcare law didn't provide for me because I fell through the cracks of coverage in income. When you are turned away from a doctor's office when you are bad sick in this country and that goes for ANY of them especially these so called "conservative christian missionary" ones (and I've witnessed first hand both of FHC and C-healh do it), just because you don't have Cadillac insurance policies or Medicaid/Medicare, that goes to show you what comes first PROFITS before PEOPLE. They will roll out the red carpet if you've got the right kind of plastic in your wallet but otherwise, you can die in the ditch for all they care then they'll go to Africa and give all this "voluntary" care go figure huh. Now I'm not going to dance in the streets like alot of these people are because Dr. Bailey's got his license suspended because I know for a fact of how bad he's needed still yet as a doctor for those that DO NOT have so called "drug seeking behavior". People have some sort of preset biased notion that all people from this area are dope addicts, meth-head rednecks married to their sister who are on SSI gettin a handout from the guvement' lol but I'm sorry to say that's a gross negligent stereotype. It's been said that Dr. Combs may be an interim fill in for Bailey while this thing is resolved but who knows.
True

Radford, VA

#21 Jun 27, 2014
I also know several people who have died under his care.I think five people who may have died under his care ? What about the others who aren't mentioned ? I think this five are just the tip of the Iceberg. If he is found guilty, I hope he never practices medicine again.But money and name goes a long way when in court.
facts

Edinburg, VA

#22 Jun 28, 2014
True wrote:
I also know several people who have died under his care.I think five people who may have died under his care ? What about the others who aren't mentioned ? I think this five are just the tip of the Iceberg. If he is found guilty, I hope he never practices medicine again.But money and name goes a long way when in court.
He has been my Doctor for years. He is not to blame for people who are druggies. Hope he is back working Monday!!

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