Chowchilla physician assistant to face discplinary actions

aibarra@mercedsunstar.comMarch 13, 2014 

— The state Physician Assistant Board is considering disciplinary actions that may lead to the revoking of the license of former physician assistant Richard Hernandez Regalado.

The board maintains Regalado, 66, engaged in acts of “gross negligence,” such as prescribing drugs to himself and other patients without documented medical justification at Dr. Youssef B. Hadweh’s family practice in Chowchilla, according to board records.

Those records indicate the reasons for disciplinary action include “inappropriate use of injectable medication” and “antibiotics,” “prescribing narcotic pain medication without documented need” and “prescribing controlled substances to oneself.”

No hearing dates have been scheduled at the time.

Regalado said Wednesday he had not seen any official documents and would not comment until he did.

The accusation against Regalado comes after the California Medical Board formally accused Hadweh of “gross negligence and incompetence” on Jan. 29.

Previously, Regalado said that he planned to dispute any actions taken. “It’s only accusations. These are not facts,” he said. “We’ll just have to see what pans out now. I always just did the best I could, and I don’t regret a thing.”

In a previous interview, Hadweh, who was directly responsible for Regalado’s medical actions, said he stood by his former employee. “Ricardo was an excellent (physician assistant),” Hadweh said, “and we provided excellent care to Chowchilla and have since 1996.”

Sun-Star staff writer Ana B. Ibarra can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or aibarra@mercedsunstar.com.

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