Harlan ER doctor suspended by Kentucky board

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — A Knoxville, Tennessee, doctor practicing at Harlan Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital has had his license suspended by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1zSRj9Q ) reports board documents say emergency room doctor Donald Ramsey was prescribing diet pills to nursing staff, and they allegedly used them to stay alert during night duty.

The Drug Enforcement Administration told the board in February that Ramsey didn't have a Kentucky DEA registration and said that meant he was prescribing controlled substances illegally in the state.

Ramsey told the board he believed the nurses were legitimate candidates for the drug and didn't know of anyone using it to stay awake. He said he didn't know he needed a Kentucky DEA license.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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