Doctor suspended after charges that his illegal prescribing caused three deaths

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State regulators have suspended the license of a Clinton County doctor accused of illegally prescribing painkillers to several patients, including three who died of overdoses.

The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure on May 2 approved an emergency suspension of Michael L. Cummings’ license as a result of the federal indictment.

The board said there was probable cause to believe Cummings’ practice constituted a danger to patients and the public.

A grand jury indicted Cummings last month.

The indictment charges that he prescribed painkillers and other drugs to six patients without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the course of professional practice.

Three died of drug overdoses in 2014, the indictment said.

Cummings has pleaded not guilty.