Russell County

Doctor's license suspended amid prescription drug allegations

RUSSELL COUNTY, Va. - 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.

Many of you have contacted us about this story, and we did some investigating. We checked the Virginia Department of Health Professions License Lookup database and found out the department has suspended the license of Lebanon, Virginia doctor Dwight Bailey effective June 19. He may not practice medicine or surgery until further notice.

In a 33-page statement of particulars we obtained from the department, the Virginia Board of Medicine outlines several cases from 2005 to 2011 where Dr. Bailey and/or nurse practitioners who he supervised prescribed excessive refills of pain medications and failed to keep accurate medical records of the number of refills given to patients. Click here to read the document in PDF format.

We went to his office today and found it to be closed.

The report lists nine patients, many with with 'drug-seeking behaviors,' who were prescribed multiple opiates by Dr. Bailey and nurse practitioners.

Five of those patients died while under Dr. Bailey's care. One of those patients was prescribed more than 25,000 dosage units of various pain medications, including oxycodone, from 2005 to 2011.

It also shows medications were given to patients without appropriate medical indications.

We also found out this isn't the first time Dr. Bailey's license has been suspended. Back in 2003 it was suspended for maintaining pre-signed prescription blanks at the office, and allowing nurses to use those prescription pads for order medications for patients when he was away from the office or unable to do so himself.

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