Washington Physician Indicted On Prescription Drug Charge

A Washington gynecologist has a court date early next month after his indictment on a drug charge.

Dr. Thomas Andrews was indicted for felony obtaining a controlled substance by fraud/forgery last month.

The one count indictment says on October 12th, the physician obtained Vicodin for himself from Walgreens after writing a prescription for a relative.

The 58-year-old physician has been on the staff at Vidant Women's Care Washington, but left on April 30th. A Vidant spokeswoman would not say whether that was a voluntary or involuntary departure.

The North Carolina Medical Board says Dr. Andrews's license is still active. Public affairs director Jean Fisher Brinkley says while it's their policy to always investigate those who may have committed a criminal act, she can't specifically confirm that Andrews is under investigation.

The case was investigated by the SBI and Andrews was released on a $1,000 bond.