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State suspends license of Johnstown doctor under federal investigation

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- A Johnstown doctor whose home and office were raided by federal agents in May maintains his innocence. While the warrant for that search remains sealed and investigators remain tight-lipped, Dr. Glenn Davis's license has now been suspended by the state. But he told 6 News Thursday that investigators are not going to find anything and said he'd like to have his life back.

Davis admitted to 6 News in May that he uses large doses of medication to treat chronic pain. He said that's why it's called pain management. But now that his practice is closed and his license has been suspended, he said it's his patients he's worried about.

"They haven't found anything, but they're not going to admit they haven't found anything," said Davis. "Now the opposite tack is they've gone through the Pennsylvania attorney general's office to find medical fault with my patient care."

It's been a little over five months since Davis's home and Richland Township office were raided by federal agents. At the time, Davis said he knew it was coming because he had filed suit against several pharmaceutical companies after they refused to fill his patients' prescriptions.

"My prescribing practices have not been a secret to the state or the DEA or any of these people," said Davis. "They've known my prescribing practices for 12 years."

Shortly after the raid in May, Davis said he was forced to close his office and let go of his staff. He said he was able to get a new job working with the advanced medical unit for the state correctional facilities, but when the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs suspended his license in October, he was let go.

"They temporarily suspended my license on the grounds that I was a clear and present immediate danger to the citizens of Pennsylvania," said Davis.

Not only left without a job, but prohibited from practicing medicine anywhere, Davis said his main concern are his patients.

"Many of them basically are not functional anymore," said Davis. "None of them have been able to find any reasonable amount of supportive care from any other supportive physicians in the area, which is why we opened in the first place."

He said he's already borrowed thousands of dollars from his family to help with legal costs, but without a job he said he's struggling to make ends meet.

"I think God will eventually have some way for me to manage, but I can't get over the patients," said Davis.

6 News talked with several of Davis's former patients Thursday, some of whom were brought to tears describing the help he gave to them. They said he's being wrongly accused and said they back him 110 percent.

Davis said he has a hearing scheduled for November 21 in Harrisburg.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times