(MIDDLETOWN, IN) - The emergency suspension of a Middletown doctor's medical license has been extended for another 90 days.
The Indiana Medical Licensing Board's unanimous decision Thursday suspends 73 year-old Dr. Phillip Foley's license until April 2010.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has linked him to nine overdose deaths and called him a "clear and immediate danger to public health and safety."
The Attorney General's Office said the deaths were the result of drug overdoses after Foley recklessly prescribed painkillers and sedatives over a five year period, often without examining the patients.
The state also told the licensing board Foley wrote 93,000 drug prescriptions between 2005 and mid-2008, more than any other doctor in the state.
The Henry County doctor's medical license was originally suspended for 90 days in October.
The licensing board will look into the complaint filed against Dr. Foley sometime after the first of the year.
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