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Tri-Cities Doctor has License Restricted

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - On Monday, the Washington State Department of Health announced Doctor Alan Hunt has been under investigation since April.

According to the statement of charges, Hunt cannot write prescriptions for controlled drugs such as narcotic pain killers until the matter goes before a board.

The allegations surprised one of his patients who went to a pharmacy in Pasco to have a prescripton filled, only to learn it was void.

The doctor may have had an office in Pasco, Richland and Kennewick.  His former office on 750 Swift Boulevard is empty but his name is still displayed in the window.  He used to share the office with Doctor Anthony Matthews. 

The most current address listed for the doctor is in Kennewick.

According to the statement of charges, Doctor Hunt excessively over prescribed inappropriate combinations of drugs such as oxycodone and morphine.  There are also allegations of impoper patient care saying he wasn't available when patients, doctors, and pharmacists needed to talk to him.

"Until a hearing is held and there's an outcome the restrictions on his license will stand," said Washington State Department of Health Spokesperson Jeff Smith.

The doctor now has 19 days to appeal the allegations.  If he's found responsible, he may face sanctions as serious as losing his license.

For now, the doctor can practice medicine but he cannot write certain prescriptions.

We could not reach Alan Hunt for a comment.