The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure suspended early this week the license of a 67-year old doctor after more than a dozen of his patients died from prescription drug overdose.
According to the medical board’s emergency order of suspension, the doctor failed “to comply with acceptable and prevailing practices in the treatment and monitoring of patients prescribed controlled substances.”
The Courier-Journal.com reports that the medical board began investigating Shearer on November after they found, through a system called KASPER, that he was a top prescriber of the narcotic OxyCodone in the state of Kentucky.
KASPER tracks prescription medication to identify patients who “doctor shop” or doctors who operate “pill mills.”
A law passed this year requires doctors to use KASPER before writing prescription. But the medical board consultant found upon reviewing records of fifteen patients that Shearer did not bother to check the patients’ history of prescription drug use on the system.
“Those patients were still given a prescription for narcotics without being closely monitored,” the consultant wrote in a report to the medical board. â€œThese patients are at a very high risk for narcotic overdose.”
On April, FBI and DEA agents seized all patients’ charts and more than 300 blank pre-signed prescriptions from Shearer’s office. The raid was part of an investigation on the death of fifteen patients.
The doctor could not be reached for any comment following the suspension of his license.