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Hearing recessed in state complaint against Fort Wayne doctor

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 8:23 am

A hearing will continue later this month in the matter of the state's complaint against a local doctor who has been accused of overprescribing narcotics.

The Indiana Medical Licensing Board on Thursday heard hours of testimony in the disciplinary hearing for Dr. William Hedrick, according to a news release from the state Attorney General's office. The board recessed Thursday evening and will hear from additional witnesses later this month, either at its regularly scheduled hearing March 28, or during an expedited hearing.

Hedrick's medical license remains under an emergency suspension that was first levied in December. The attorney general's office alleges that Hedrick, who owns and operates numerous Centers for Pain Relief in the state, gained financially by prescribing unsafe amounts and combinations of pain medicine, and by having his patients repeat treatments too frequently.

Hedrick and the attorney general's office reportedly agreed to a settlement over the complaints in January, but the Medical Licensing Board rejected the deal, instead opting to hold Thursday's hearing. The board could levy more sanctions against Hedrick, depending on the outcome of the hearing, including the possible revocation of his medical license.