Originally created 08/10/00

Doctor fined for misdeeds



A North Augusta doctor has been reprimanded by the state Board of Medical Examiners for having sexual relations with a patient and wrongfully prescribing drugs.

On two occasions Dr. John B. McRee, a family practitioner, had improper encounters with female patients and also prescribed them the drug Valium, according to a South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners order issued July 17.

During one incident, Dr. McRee had sex with a woman who at the time was a patient, the order states. On a separate occasion, Dr. McRee kissed a married patient on the lips while in an examining room at his office.

For both women, Dr. McRee "prescribed Valium, a controlled substance, inappropriately, without proper evaluation, medical record documentation and subsequent follow-up to patient," the order states.

Dr. McRee was issued a public reprimand, fined $5,000, charged $2,854.79 for investigation costs, and at his own expense must attend a drug education course within one year of the order.

If he does not comply with the state's order, his medical license will be revoked.

Both incidents occurred in 1995. Dr. McRee was investigated in 1996 and served notice of the state's findings in May 1999.

Augusta attorneys F. Michael Taylor and James M. Holly represented Dr. McRee before the board. Their office would not comment on the case.

Dr. McRee did not return several phone calls made to his office Wednesday.

Reach Josh Gelinas at (706) 823-3218.