Doctor arrested on drug charge

PARKERSBURG – A Parkersburg doctor was arrested on a felony drug charge Friday night by local authorities.

Dr. Robert Timothy Hogan II, 32, of Coolville, was arrested by the West Virginia State Police Friday night, with assistance from the Wood County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Hogan was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court on a felony count of delivery of a controlled susbstance and his bond was set at $250,000. As of Saturday, he remained incarcerated at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County.

Trooper First Class C. S. Jackson, of the Parkersburg Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, said Hogan’s arrest was the result of an investigation lasting several months involving prescription pain pills. It is alleged that while Hogan was employed as an emergency room doctor at Camden Clark Medical Center, the investigation indicated he wrote hundreds of illegal prescriptions for Oxycodone without performing physical exams.

In exchange for the prescriptions, the involved subjects were required to give Hogan half of the pills. Jackson said it is estimated approximately 15,000 to 20,000 pain pills were illegally obtained during a two-year period in West Virginia and Ohio.

Tim Brunicardi, director of marketing and public affairs for Camden Clark issued a statement Saturday saying that since the investigation is pending, it would not be appropriate to comment regarding the details of the case. In the meantime, Camden Clark Medical Center senior leaders have been apprised of the situation and continue to work with law enforcement authorities, he said.

Brunicardi said Hogan was not an employee of Camden Clark but contracted by the agency that works with and staffs its emergency department.

“We have strict controls regarding pharmaceuticals at the hospital. For that reason, it is important to understand that the drugs in question most likely did not originate at Camden Clark. Rather, in most cases such as this, prescriptions are written by a physician and the medication is picked up elsewhere,” he said.