The Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed Tuesday that an Upstate doctor and two nurse practitioners were arrested on drug charges.
According to arrest warrants, Dr. James Ross Hanahan Jr. conspired with nurse practitioners Carol Helene Meltzer-Beckenhauer and Jessica Taylor Glymph to write prescriptions for controlled substances Glymph and Meltzer-Beckenhauer were not authorized to prescribe.
All three are employed at Upstate Family Medicine in Seneca, a Greenville Health System-owned facility. The alleged crimes occurred between June and November 2017, according to officials.
Arrest warrants indicate Hanahan would issue prescription documents signed in blank to the nurse practitioners "with the intent that the documents by used by unauthorized individuals to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances."
Meltzer-Beckenhauer and Glymph are accused of using Hanahan's DEA numbers to distribute Schedule II drugs without authorization.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Schedule II substances have a "high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence." Schedule II substances include Dilaudid, OxyContin, Percocet, fentanyl, morphine, and opium.
Hanahan is charged with blank prescription - first offense, and administering or distributing a controlled substance with intent to commit a crime - first offense.
Glymph and Meltzer-Beckenhauer are charged with violation of drug distribution law and administering or distributing a controlled substance with intent to commit a crime - first offense.
All three were placed on leave Monday.
Sandy Dees, a spokesperson for Greenville Health System, issued the following statement on the arrests: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.MORE NEWS: Myrtle Beach man accused of wanting to eat a child released on bond in the Upstate
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