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BY JIM HALL
A committee of the Virginia Board of Medicine has found that a Fredericksburg-area physician violated state law when he failed to properly manage the care of drug-dependent patients.
The committee also said that Dr. Russell Williams engaged in inappropriate conduct when he kissed a patient on the lips.
The committee heard evidence against Williams on Dec. 19 in Richmond and recommended that he be placed on indefinite probation.
Williams has until Feb. 5 to appeal the verdict and request a full hearing. He said in a phone interview Monday that he probably will not appeal.
Asked about the committee's findings, Williams said in a statement: "The board compared the selected patient records reviewed to what I would call a 'gold standard' of record keeping. Mine definitely fell short of that standard."
As for the kissing incident, Williams said, "I maintain this was a situational anomaly. The affection expressed was like one would show to a family member."
Williams is a family practitioner who has worked in the Fredericksburg area for 25 years.
He practices now at Stafford Urgent Care and Stafford Primary Care Associates on Garrisonville Road and at the Colonial Beach Medical Center.
The committee said that Williams violated state law in his dealings with nine patients during the period of 2006 through 2011.
Board documents indicate that he did not adequately respond to drug-seeking behavior or signs that his patients were abusing the narcotics he prescribed for them.
The behavior of one patient in particular, referred to as Patient A, is described in detail.
Between March 7, 2008, and March 23, 2011, Patient A called Williams' office 48 times, an average of once every three weeks, to get prescriptions for narcotics, according to board documents.
Patient A admitted to Williams that she was dependent on drugs such as OxyContin, Oxycodone, Dilaudid and Xanax. At different times, she asked for increased dosages or early renewals of her prescriptions, according to board documents.
Williams indicated in his notes that he was aware of her drug dependence. A urologist he referred her to also noted her dependency. Yet Williams continued to renew her prescriptions, according to board documents.
The board committee also found that Williams hugged and kissed on the lips a patient identified as Patient J. The incident occurred on Oct. 11, 2011, in his office.