NEW: HEALTH Suspends Docs for Drunk Driving, Illegal Prescriptions

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


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A Rhode Island doctor caught driving while intoxicated, and another improperly prescribing pain medication, have had their licenses suspended by the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH).

Drunk driving and more

Kristin E. Ellison, MD, an allopathic doctor, was arrested and charged by the Newport police for driving while intoxicated, refusing to submit to a chemical test, driving in possession of a controlled substance as well as possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a schedule II drug, according to documents released today by HEALTH. Schedule II drugs are drugs that have high potential for abuse.

Doctor Ellison, a 1989 graduate of Tufts University who has been practicing medicine in Rhode Island since 1991, has had her clinical hospital privileges suspended by HEALTH under a Voluntary Agreement Not to Practice Medicine, pending an mandatory evaluation through the Physician Health Committee of the RI Medical Society.

Prescribing pain meds without permission

Fredy P. Roland, Jr, MD, a licensed physician in Rhode Island whose principal place of business is in Pawtucket, has violated restrictions set by HEALTH's Board in December of 2011, when he was found to be prescribing pain medications without proper documentation. While the Board was reviewing Dr. Roland's case, it learned that the 57-year-old physician was not attending remedial education and in fact was continuing to prescribe scheduled drugs he had agreed not to prescribe.

HEALTH's Board has suspended Dr. Roland's license for a year, although that suspension is stayed while he completes certain evaluation and rendition programs.

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