BLUE HILL — A former Blue Hill physician who was convicted of a drug offense in Maryland has permanently surrendered his Maine medical license, according to a press release from the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine.
Brandt Rice had started a fee-for-service family practice, Coastal Family Medicine, in 2009 next to the Blue Hill Rite Aid on South Street. According to a June 12, 2018, consent agreement outlining details of Rice’s license suspension, many of those prescriptions were filled at the Rite Aid.
On Jan. 14, Rice entered into a consent agreement with the board and the Office of Attorney General for the immediate, permanent surrender of his medical license, the board stated.
The initial suspension was based on information indicating Rice issued over 200 prescriptions for oxycodone and other controlled substances for a total of more than 27,000 pills between June 2014 and December 2017 to a fictious patient, according to the consent agreement.
However, there were issues before 2014.
According to data provided by The Washington Post, Rice distributed 55,900 opiate pills between 2009 and 2012. The Post used data compiled by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which tracked the path of every pain pill sold in the United States for seven years between 2006 and 2012.
Rice had also practiced in Montgomery County, Md.
In February of 2019, Rice was found guilty of one count of possession to distribute oxycodone following a criminal investigation into a medical practice he ran in Maryland. Rice was sentenced to a 10-year suspended prison sentence and three years of probation, according to Maryland court records. He also was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.
All board disciplinary actions are reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank and the Federation of State Medical Boards Action Data Bank, the press release stated. The board is made up of six physicians, three members of the public and a physician assistant appointed by the governor.
The Board of Licensure in Medicine is the state of Maine agency charged to protect the health and welfare of the public by verifying the qualifications of physicians to practice, and disciplining physicians for unprofessional conduct and incompetence.
Disciplinary actions taken by the board are available to the public either by telephone at 287-3601, or on the board’s website at www.maine.gov/md. Any citizen can request an investigation of a physician or physician assistant by contacting the board office by telephone at 287-3608, by letter, or by visiting the board’s website.