The Richmond Register

Local News

February 27, 2011

Berea doctor’s medical license revoked

BEREA — The state Board of Medical Licensure in December revoked the license of a Berea physician who came to Kentucky and was licensed in 1994, despite a history of being disciplined by medical authorities in Colorado and serving time in federal prison for drug offenses.

Dr. Mary Margaret Miller had practiced family medicine in Berea for about 10 years before losing her license, according to members of the local medical community. Her last office was at 125 Clay Dr., near the intersection of Ellipse Street and Richmond Road.

Her license was revoked, according to board records, based on the findings of Paula York of the agency’s Drug Enforcement and Professional Practices Branch, who described Miller as a “‘generous’ prescriber of narcotics, benzodiazines and diet pills ….”

The investigation was launched after a pharmacist questioned Miller’s prescribing of narcotics, the revocation order states.

Miller failed to perform “due diligence in her evaluation compliance” and “did not take detailed past histories, social histories or history of drug abuse to assess risk of (patients’) drug abuse,” the investigator reported.

Miller’s patients at times were “over-sedated” and “sleeping all the time from massive doses of narcotics,” according to York. Even after observing those symptoms, Miller did not decrease the patients’ doses, the investigator stated.

The doctor should have performed drug-screening tests to patients for whom she prescribed narcotics, York told the board. In a June 28, 2010, letter to York, Miller wrote that “she has not needed to do ‘random urines’” to test her patients, a statement that York characterized as “at best naïve, given the rest of the red flags noted in the medical records.”

Pharmacists also reported that Miller had prescribed “toxic doses of Tylenol” in combination with vicodin and Percocet, York reported. The doctor also allowed “early refills and too-generous quantities” and suggested that patients “try others’ medicines (implicitly allowing ‘sharing’ of medicine), which is illegal.”

The order states the Kentucky board will not consider re-instating Miller’s license for two years, something the Colorado board did, even after Miller was convicted of federal drug offenses.

In 1984, Miller served 10 months in prison and four months in a halfway house and paid a $75,000 fine when she was convicted by a federal jury in Colorado for “illegal distribution of scheduled drugs.”

According to the Kentucky revocation order:

In December, 1986, Colorado’s board of licensure re-instated Miller’s medical license but required her to work under another doctor’s supervision and prohibited her from prescribing scheduled drugs.

In April, 1990, she completed a four-month voluntary commitment to a professional health program in Hampton, Va.

In September, 1990, Colorado revoked her medical license for “habitual intemperance.”

Even with that history, the Kentucky board in 1994 granted Miller a one-year limited license for “institutional practice” at the University of Louisville Medical School.

About 13 months later, Kentucky licensed Miller for a five-year probationary period, but stipulated she could prescribe controlled substances only with the signed approval of another physician.

That limitation on prescribing controlled substances was removed in September, 1997, but Miller was required to maintain a log of such prescriptions and allow review of it on request.

The investigation that led to revocation of Miller’s Kentucky medical license was begun in mid-March 2010.

Bill Robinson can be reached at brobinson@ richmondregister.com or at 624-6622.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 2-11 Mangan.jpeg Man indicted in I-75 wreck that killed two

    A man who police believe started the chain of events that led to the deaths of two people on Interstate 75 in February was indicted on several felony charges Wednesday in Madison Circuit Court.
    Bryan M. Mangan, 56, of South Bend, Ind., was indicted on six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence and operating on a suspended license.

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Man charged with reselling employer’s equipment

    A man who worked for a local satellite TV company has been charged with ordering extra equipment and selling it online.
    Charles William Hensley, 39, of Manchester, worked for the Multiband Corporation at its Richmond office, according to a Richmond police report.
    Multiband maintains DIRECTV’s installations, service and upgrades for single-family homes in 20 states and commercial sites nationwide.

    April 24, 2014

  • Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day

    A nationwide initiative to dispose of prescription drugs in a safe manner will take place Saturday.
    Three Madison County sites are available for residents to get rid of their unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs as part of the eighth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day:
    • Richmond Police Department, 1721 Lexington Road, box is outside by the front door.
    • Kentucky State Police Post 7, 699 Eastern Bypass, across from the EKU stadium, box is inside at the front door.

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-25 Revue 1.JPG Retro Radio Revue

    “Stan O’Donnell’s Retro Radio Revue,” presented by Rose Barn Theatre, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Gillum’s Sports Lounge in the Richmond Mall.
    The production focuses on the performers of the show and the follies and chaos that take place as the unexpected ensues. Local musical performers from Madison County will be showcased throughout the production.
    Gillum’s will provide a full menu service and cash bar beginning at 5:30 p.m.
    Tickets for the show are $15 and available at the door or in advance at www.rosebarntheatre.org.
    The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit arts organization.

    April 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • 4-25 Crit Luallen.jpg Luallen says no to 2015 governor’s race

    After months of deliberation, former state Auditor of Public Accounts Crit Luallen announced Thursday she will sit out the 2015 race for governor.
    The announcement disappointed friends and associates who see Luallen as an able and experienced administrator — she served in six gubernatorial administrations — but also someone with the character and integrity to restore confidence in government.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blue Grass Army Depot sponsors 5K

    The Blue Grass Army Depot is hosting a 5K run/walk Saturday in support of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
    The no-entry-fee event will begin and end at the depot’s new sports complex ball fields, according to a news release from the installation. Preregistration is available online at www.bluegrass.army.mil or starting at 9 a.m. the day of the event.

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-24 UKatWaco1.jpg Wildcats encourage Cardinals to work hard in school

    University of Kentucky student athletes Kastine Evans, a guard on the women’s basketball team, and Jon Hood, a guard on the men’s team, stopped by Waco Elementary School on Wednesday to talk about the benefits of working hard in school.

    April 23, 2014 4 Photos

  • Mayor, commissioner pay changed

    The Richmond City Commission approved 4-1 a new pay scale for the mayor and commissioners at a special-called meeting Wednesday morning.

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-24 Lorenzo McWilliams.jpg Harrodsburg to get old Richmond police mobile computers

    Richmond is donating to the city of Harrodsburg eight of 39 old computers formerly used in police cruisers.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-24 HOSAblooddrive.jpg Health science students organize blood drive

    Aside from the gift cards and free snacks, 50 Madison County high school students have other reasons for donating 35 pints of blood Wednesday to the Kentucky Blood Center at Madison Central High School.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Raw: Obama Tours Gyeongbok Palace Swimmer Michael Phelps Back in Competition Raw: Obama Lays Korean War Memorial Wreath Obama Leads Naturalization Ceremony in Seoul Calif. School Bus Crash Hurts Driver, 11 Kids Country Club for Exotic Cars Little Science Behind 'Pollen Vortex' Prediction US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should Richmond rezone the southwest corner of Main Street and Tates Creek Avenue to B-1 (Neighborhood Business) with restrictions to allow construction of a financial services office?

Yes
No
     View Results