Surgeon settles with medical commission | Doctor accused of prescribing himself drugs on five years of probation

A Bellevue plastic surgeon will be allowed to continue practicing in Kirkland after accepting an agreement with the Medical Quality Assurance Commission to settle charges he allegedly forged more than $60,000 in prescriptions for relatives and pocketed them for himself.

A Bellevue plastic surgeon will be allowed to continue practicing in Kirkland after accepting an agreement with the Medical Quality Assurance Commission to settle charges he allegedly forged more than $60,000 in prescriptions for relatives and pocketed them for himself.

Gavin Dry accepted the agreement last month, which places his medical license on probation for five years and prohibits him from using drugs and alcohol, except when a necessary pharmaceutical is prescribed by an approved physician. Dry will also be required to pay a $5,000 fine and complete opioid prescribing and record keeping courses.

MQAC alleged in charges earlier this year that Dry used another doctor’s prescription pad to forge more than 250 prescriptions from 2008 to 2011, prescribing Adderral — a stimulant — to his son and Tramadol — a painkiller — to wife, but then kept the pills for himself.

The Bellevue Police Department had also investigated these allegations, brought forward by a pharmacist in Bellevue back in November 2011 who claimed Dry’s wife broke down when she saw the actual prescriptions she was picking up, according to police records. Dry’s wife allegedly told investigators she began investigating prescriptions her husband had been filling for her and their son, identifying several Bellevue pharmacies where they had been filled.

MQAC alleges Dry also was not recording all controlled substances his office received, not even possessing the forms that would have needed to be filled.

The Drug Enforcement Agency began investigating Dry in May 2012, and Dry surrendered his DEA registration shortly after, making him unable to write prescriptions. He settled with the DEA and Justice Department in February 2014, agreeing to pay a $125,000 fine.

Under the MQAC agreement, Dry must make quarterly declarations of compliance and will not be able to petition to end the terms and conditions until he has successfully completed those requirements for three years.

 


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