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									Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine

Tel. (207) 287-3601 Fax (207) 287-6590 TDD (207) 624-8563
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                BELFAST PHYSICIAN’S MEDICAL LICENSE REINSTATED

                                                                                                  June 27, 2012

Contact:          Randal Manning

Tel:              (207) 287-3601


AUGUSTA, ME – Elizabeth McBride, M.D., accepted a restricted license from the Maine Board of
Licensure in Medicine in a Consent Agreement signed June 21, 2012. Dr. McBride’s license had been
summarily suspended on October 12, 2010 because of concerns that her prescribing practices and overall
fitness to practice presented a danger to her patients. As a result of the June 21, 2012 Consent
Agreement, Dr. McBride’s license will be on probation for the next 5 years. Dr. McBride practiced in
Belfast.

In signing this Consent Agreement, Dr. McBride admitted that, in the case of two patients, her limited
medical records did not support the prescription of opiate/narcotic medications, that she violated the
medical standard of care by prescribing narcotics at or following “curbside” consults, and that the
volume and frequency of prescriptions should have raised significant concerns. Dr. McBride also
underwent two psychiatric evaluations, which found no cognitive deficits, but found that she exhibited
poor judgment and insight in the past.

As part of the agreement, Dr. McBride accepted a reprimand, a nineteen month suspension retroactive to
October 2010, and a fine. In addition, Dr. McBride cannot prescribe any controlled medications for the
treatment of chronic pain, must have a Board-approved physician monitor, and undergo substance
monitoring and mental health treatment for the duration of the probation. Due to recent surgery on Dr.
McBride’s dominant wrist and hand, she must also restrict her practice to office-based, non-surgical
medicine.

All Board disciplinary actions are reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank, the Health Integrity
and Protection Data Bank, and the Federation of State Medical Boards Action Data Bank. These reports
are regularly reviewed by every state licensing board in the country.

The Board is made up of 6 physicians and 3 public members appointed by the Governor. Disciplinary
actions taken by the Board are available to the public either by telephone at (207) 287-3601, or on the
Board's website at www.maine.gov/md.

The Board of Licensure in Medicine is the State of Maine agency charged to protect the health and
welfare of the public by verifying the qualifications of physicians to practice, and disciplining physicians
for unprofessional conduct and incompetence. Any citizen can request an investigation of a physician or
physician assistant by contacting the Board office by telephone at (207) 287-3608, by letter, or by
visiting the Board's web site.

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