Upstate Doctor And Nurses Face Charges

Charged with violations of the drug distribution law

Ed Jenson
March 06, 2018 - 11:25 am
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DHEC announced this morning that a Seneca doctor and two of his nurse practitioners have been arrested.

Doctor James Hanahan Jr, and nurse practitioners Carol Meltzer-Beckenhauer and Jessica Glymph are each charged with violations of the drug distribution law by distributing controlled substance with intent to commit a crime.

Warrants for the three state that they conspired to allow the nurse practitioners to distribute schedule II drugs under Dr. Hanahan’s DEA number, which they were not allowed to do.

Hanahan’s office was under the name Upstate Family medicine.The practice was part of the Oconee Memorial Hospital, which is owned by Greenville Health System.

GHS spokesperson Sandy Dees released this statement to 1063 WORD news:

Greenville Health System placed a family medicine physician and two nurse practitioners at Upstate Family Medicine in Seneca on leave Monday. The action came after the S.C. Department of Environmental Health and Control filed charges against all three for noncompliance with S.C. law when prescribing medicine to patients.

We take patient care and safety very seriously. GHS is cooperating fully with authorities. We are investigating the situation, which will include reviewing our policies about prescribing medications as well as ensuring physicians and team members know and adhere to them.

 

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