VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) – A woman claims her doctor prescribed addictive drugs for her, sometimes under her husband’s name, and used her for his sexual gratification, “providing medication in exchange for satisfaction of the Defendant’s sexual fantasies.”
The woman, J.A., sued Dr. Donald Stanford Allan Hay in British Columbia Supreme Court.
J.A. says she complained to the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons and it canceled Hay’s license to practice medicine as of Dec. 31, 2010 and ordered him to pay $5,000 in costs. Now J.A. seeks civil damages.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons described the case in a Jan. 6, 2011 press statement: “Dr. Donald Stanford Allan Hay has admitted unprofessional conduct with a patient during the period 1997 to 2003, including keeping inadequate medical records, engaging in conversations of a personal and sexual nature, meeting the patient in his motor vehicle and prescribing for the patient using the personal health care information of a family member who was not a patient.”
J.A. says she suffered from headaches when she first consulted Hay in 1997. She says he prescribed “narcotic medications and Tylenol #3” for her.
“The plaintiff consumed large quantities of these medications and became addicted to them – which was known or ought to have been known to the defendant,” according to the complaint.
She says Hay eventually told her “that she had been identified as a drug seeker and would not be able to fill the prescriptions for narcotic and Tylenol #3 medications,” so he wrote prescriptions for her using her husband’s name.
She claims that in 2001 she tried to get prescriptions from other doctors “to support her addiction to narcotic medication,” without success, so she returned Dr. Hay, “who assured the plaintiff that he would care for her.”
She says she met Hay in his office or in the his car for up to 45 minutes at a time, where he wrote her prescriptions for Ratio-Tecnal, Fiorinal, and Tylenol with Codeine No. 3. In his car, she says, “The defendant also engaged the plaintiff in unnecessary and inappropriate discussions regarding her sexual relationships and activities, and hugged and touched the plaintiff inappropriately and without her consent.”
She says he did not bill her for the meetings in his car, or keep a record of them.
J.A. says her family intervened in 2003, and she attended addiction treatment facilities, suffering several relapses, over the next 7 years. She says she also transferred her addiction from medication to alcohol.
She complained to the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2008.
J.A. seeks punitive damages for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, breach of contract, and assault.
She is represented by Derek Mah with Murphy, Battista.