Patients say Toledo doctor disappeared with their medical documents

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TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - Patients said they trusted Dr. Richard De La Flor to prescribe them the correct medication and give them the proper medical cure.

"Just by looking at me he said you don't look good and need to take vitamins," said former patient Federico Carbajal Ortiz, Jr.

The former patients who spoke with 13abc claim the doctor took advantage of their trust.

"Sometimes you would leave there with 5-10 scripts and it started to get excessive," said another former patient who wants to stay anonymous. "He seemed like he was genuine and he was for the most part there for you as a patient, but at the end he was all over the place."

According to the Ohio License Center, Dr. De La Flor practiced for 34 years and some of that time he spent at his W. Sylvania Ave. office.

Things started to go downhill in November of 1999. Public documents show his license was suspended because his practice presented "a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public." In 2001, he pleaded guilty to one felony count of "unlawful distribution of a controlled substance." The State Medical Board reported he intentionally distributed 12,468 tablets of Hydromorphone to four patients with the understanding that some or all of the pills would be returned to him for his own use. Then a year later, records show that he had to complete ethical and controlled substance courses.

The board took his license during a probationary period, but in 2004 his license was reinstated.

Now, patients are trying to figure out how the doctor's license was reinstated.

"He was sweating a lot and his wife was really rude. We had a billing incident because he was double billing," said a former patient.

They said he has vanished since their last appointment.

"After a few weeks of trying numerous times of trying to get a hold of him and no answer, no voicemail, no nothing," added Ortiz.

According to records, Dr. De La Flor permanently surrendered his license July 13, 2016.

"All the tests that he did, the blood work, and things like that. . . those things can all be redone but my records where are they at?" added the anonymous patient.

By law, the Academy of Medicine said medical records are the property of the physician. Ethically, Dr. De La Flor should have transferred patient's medical records to other physicians.

Patients can file an anonymous complaint with the pharmacy board. The board could take action and make a visit.

13abc has reached out to Mercy St. Vincent's Medical Center, a hospital he was affiliated with. A hospital spokesperson said Dr. De La Flor is no longer affiliated with them.

13abc has tried to reach out to the doctor. Our attempts were unsuccessful.