'The Candy Man' and pain clinic doctor sanctioned for narcotic prescriptions

mmeehan1@herald-leader.comJuly 7, 2014 

Two Kentucky doctors, including one allegedly known in Cave City as "the candy man" for his liberal prescription practices, have been sanctioned by the state for illegally prescribing controlled substances.

Monica Berry, an employee of Dr. Chandra M. Reddy, said the doctor was known as "the candy man" because "of the large amount of pain medication prescriptions he wrote," according to a report from the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. The office for Reddy's internal medicine practice was at 440 East Happy Valley Street.

According to last week's order restricting Reddy from prescribing controlled substances, Berry said patients would call for narcotic prescriptions without coming to the office. She also claimed to have a sexual relationship with her married boss and to have traded cash and prescription narcotics for marijuana for his use.

Berry and another employee interviewed by board investigators alleged that Reddy and his wife frequently "upcoded" patient charts, billing the government for more expensive procedures than were performed.

A review by investigators of 43 patients receiving prescriptions for controlled substances from Reddy found no records for 27. The 16 existing charts showed a number of medical oversights, including not addressing "complaints of fluttering in the chest by a patient with a history of heart disease before she died in 2013."

The board has placed Reddy on "restricted" status, meaning he may not prescribe controlled substances until he fulfills a number of requirements ,including undergoing an inpatient evaluation by the Kentucky Physicians Health Foundation and completing residential treatment if it is recommended.

The current inquiry into Reddy came after complaints to the Barren-Edmondson-Allen County Drug Task force following a nonfatal drug overdose.

In 2010 Reddy was sanctioned by the board for inappropriately touching two female patients during exams. He was required to have a chaperone in the exam room when he dealt with female patients until 2011, according to medical board documents.

The medical board also suspended the license of J. Dustin Chaney, an osteopath in Hazard. According to documents from the board, Chaney was indicted June 5 in U.S. District Court for operating a pain clinic, Clarion Health and Wellness, in Hazard. He also was indicted for dispensing controlled substances. The medical licensure board issued an emergency suspension order for Chaney on June 30.

Mary Meehan: (859) 231-3261. Twitter: @bgmoms. Blog: BluegrassMoms.com.

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