Local doctor’s license suspended
Russellville Dr. Leonides V. Santos has recently had his controlled substance certificate suspended.
According to documents filed with the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners and Medical Licensure Commission, an order was entered suspending the Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate Santos, effective April 26, 2016.
The board reported finding “imminent danger to the public health and safety” in regards to Santos’ improper prescription and distribution of controlled substances. Santos is accused of having “excessively dispensed controlled substances for many of his patients,” “dispensed controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose,” and dispensed controlled substances in amounts not reasonably related to the proper medical management of his patients’ illnesses or conditions.”
A hearing in the matter has been set for Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. in Montgomery. Santos said he looks forward to the hearing and to showing evidence contrary to the accusations against him.
“I am disappointed the state chose to take this action,” Santos said. “This is a perfect example of why many practices refuse to prescribe pain medications at all, rather than risk getting caught in a government dragnet.
“For nearly 40 years, I’ve faithfully served as a surgeon and general family practitioner in the Russellville area, caring for patients from all walks of life regardless of ability to pay. Practicing in a rural area has always presented special challenges. Many patients have chronic conditions with complicated treatment needs.
“My practice is built on doing what is best for my patients, and I’ve only prescribed pain medications when I’ve believed them to be medically necessary and in the best interest of the patient.
I look forward to having an opportunity to present evidence of plan of care appropriateness in the cases under review and to clear my name.”