Colorado Medical Board summarily suspends Grand Junction physician in Colorado

DENVER (April 23, 2016) — On April 23, 2016, the Colorado Medical Board (Board) summarily suspended the license of Grand Junction physician Dr. Richard Settles meaning he may not practice in Colorado.

According to the suspension order, the Board reviewed information regarding Dr. Settle’s “use of another physician’s DEA registration to authorize prescriptions.”  The Board found that Dr. Settle’s did not have an active DEA registration yet authorized prescriptions for at least four patients using another physician’s DEA registration. 

The suspension order states that the Board “has objective and reasonable grounds to believe and finds that Respondent [Dr. Settles] deliberately and willfully violated the Medical Practice Act and/or that the public health, safety, or welfare imperatively requires emergency action.”  The suspension remains in effect pending proceedings for suspension or revocation. 

The Division of Professions and Occupations, part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), encourages consumers to verify a license and check for discipline before selecting a physician.  If you suspect wrongdoing, consider filing a complaint with DORA.  Visit askDORA.colorado.gov and click on “File a Complaint.”

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