PARKERSBURG - After an emergency room doctor was arrested last week for allegedly writing false prescriptions to get pain pills, a spokesman at Camden Clark Medical Center said none of the hospital's supply of medications was affected.
On Friday, Dr. Robert Hogan II, 32, of Coolville was arrested following a several-month investigation. Hogan, while employed as an emergency room doctor at Camden Clark Medical Center, allegedly wrote prescriptions for Oxycontin without performing physical exams, the West Virginia State Police said.
In exchange for the prescriptions, the patients were required to give Hogan half of the pills, state police said.
Hogan was charged with delivery of a controlled substance.
Inappropriate use of prescription drugs has reached epidemic proportions across the nation, said Tim Brunicardi, director of marketing and public affairs at Camden Clark.
''Camden Clark Medical Center has a secure medication management system and no drugs were diverted from our facility,'' he said.
When asked if the hospital was going to review any policies in regard to this incident or institute new guidelines, Brunicardi said the hospital already has a secure medication management system in place.
''Since no drugs were diverted from our facility, there's no need for 'new guidelines,'" he said.
Hogan is being held in the North Central Regional Jail on $250,000 bond.
Since Hogan is in custody, his status at the hospital remains uncertain.
''As of Monday, there has been no official medical staff decision regarding his status at the hospital as we continue to cooperate with this ongoing investigation,'' Brunicardi said.