Massachusetts doctor charged with illegally prescribing drugs to patients


LAWRENCE, Mass. (WWLP) — A family doctor has been charged with illegally prescribing a controlled substance and defrauding MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program.

Attorney General Maura Healey’s office said 69 Dr. Ramon Suarez-Martinez of Methuen, former medical director of Lawrence Medical Center, was indicted by a grand jury on the following charges:

  • Illegal prescription of a controlled substance (12 counts, related to 6 patients)
  • False Medicaid claims (6 counts)

An investigation of Dr Suarez-Martinez revealed that he prescribed controlled substances such as amphetamines, benzodiazepines and morphine sulfate to his patients after learning from repeated urine screens that they did not were not taking the drugs. The attorney general said Dr. Suarez-Martinez also knowingly prescribed drugs like clonazepam (a benzodiazepine), amphetamines and morphine sulfate (an opiate) without a legitimate medical reason. Illegal prescribing of these drugs has also resulted in misrepresentations billed and paid for by MassHealth.

In some scenarios, patients tested negative for prescribed medication use but positive for cocaine and fentanyl. The physician allegedly continued to prescribe the controlled substances to these patients without addressing the patient’s drug use.

Dr. Suarez-Martinez no longer holds a license to practice and will be arrested on May 19.

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