Lawsuit: Harlan hospital pharmacy illegally dispensed drugs

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HARLAN, Ky. (AP) – The federal government has filed a lawsuit accusing a hospital pharmacy in Harlan County of filling fraudulent prescriptions that a doctor wrote for other hospital employees.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the lawsuit, filed Monday, is against Appalachian Regional Healthcare, which is headquartered in Lexington and operates several hospitals in Kentucky.

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The lawsuit says Dr. Donald F. Ramsey, who worked in the emergency room at the Harlan ARH hospital, wrote prescriptions for phentermine to hospital employees and their family members, with the prescriptions being filled at the hospital pharmacy. ARH couldn’t be reached for comment.

The lawsuit says Ramsey didn’t do proper examinations before prescribing the drug, which is used to help people lose weight. It says Ramsey wrote fraudulent prescriptions for the drug at least 83 times.

Ramsey indefinitely gave up his license to practice in April 2015.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,


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