Washington dentist gets license suspended indefinitely for alleged prescription misuse

The Dental Commission indefinitely suspended the license of Luke Edward St. Marie, DDS, in an April 2021 agreed order, according to a June 16 news release from the Washington State Department of Health.

Dr. St. Marie wrote prescriptions outside of a provider-patient relationship, didn't properly document prescriptions, rewrote an altered prescription, didn't report that his prescription pad may have been compromised and didn't take necessary steps to ensure all prescriptions issued under his authority were valid, according to the health department. The dentist also failed to comply with a substance abuse monitoring program's recommendations, the health department claimed.

Dr. St. Marie is a dentist at Renton, Wash.-based Valley Dental Group. He also teaches at Seattle-based University of Washington Dental School, according to the practice's website.

Becker's has reached out to Valley Dental Group and will update the article as more information becomes available.

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