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Board votes to suspend license of Muncie pain doctor, former employees speak out

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By Charlie De Mar

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 23, 2014)- Just three days after federal agents raided his Muncie office, Dr. William Hedrick faced the Indiana Medical Licensing board Thursday.

The board ordered an emergency suspension of Hedrick’s license to practice medicine.

Hedrick’s license will be suspended for 90 days while the Attorney General’s Office completes a formal licensing complaint. Once a complaint is filed, the board has the authority to determine what, if any, disciplinary action will be taken.

As part of his probation, Hedrick was to have 15 percent of his medical charts reviewed monthly for safety and compliance by a medical expert acting as a practice monitor. According to the Attorney General, compliance reports exist for only seven of the last 17 months. The existing compliance reports document issues with 70 percent of patient charts. The practice monitor described the prescriptions patients were receiving as “inappropriate” at least 14 times and noted serious concerns for the prescribing practices numerous other times.

He was placed on probation in 2013 for questionable prescribing at his 11 other practices throughout the state.

Hedrick stayed quiet as he walked out of meeting, offering no comment, but the Indiana Attorney General's Office is calling the doctor "a risk to public health and safety."

Hedrick's Pain Clinic in Muncie was raided on Monday by the DEA. Court documents show that eight of Hedrick’s former patients have died from prescription drug overdoses since January 2013.

One of Hedrick’s former employees testified against him Thursday. A different employee spoke about their experience working for Hedrick. They asked to remain anonymous.

“In the few years that I worked for him, I never saw him show any remorse for anything, He didn't care about anyone, he didn't care about his patients."

Local pharmacies stopped filling his prescriptions and Hedrick would see hundreds of patients in a day according to court documents

"A lot of these patients were hooked on narcotics. He had them hooked. The drug addiction that’s out on the streets right now is fueled by Dr. Hedrick's clinic," said Hedrick's former employee.