North Alabama doctor’s medical license suspended in connection to overdose death

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners has decided to temporarily suspend the medical license of Dr. Sammy Fuad Becdach, who is listed as an oncologist at the Clearview Cancer Institute.

A state board order shows he received information from the Pelham Police Department that Dr Becdach may have breached professional boundaries with a 21-year-old woman who died of an overdose in December 2020.

According to the court filing, the autopsy report from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences shows that she died from the toxic effects of fentanyl and morphine.

The council then opened its own investigation where the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) showed that Dr Becdach had given the unnamed woman at least nine prescriptions for controlled substances between November 2018 and June 2019, without carrying out any PDMP verification before prescribing.

Pelham Police investigators provided the Council with several videos showing Becdach with the woman, engaging in sexual activity.

Counsel spoke to the woman’s mother as part of their investigation. She told investigators her daughter met Becdach while working as a waitress when she was 18. Court records show that the mother told them “he [Becdach] bought it [REDACTED ] all kinds of things and, you know, she couldn’t hide it because he bought her a car.

The mother told investigators her daughter moved to Huntsville at Becdach’s request, where he “paid for everything” including an apartment, furniture, bills, and also gave her use of his credit card. unlimited credit. She also told investigators that Becdach gave her daughter written prescriptions and real pills.

Court records show the mother told investigators that her daughter said ‘she was afraid to leave [Becdach] because he claimed he could make people “disappear”, he had done it before and he had enough money and prestige to get away with it.

The mother also told investigators about a black briefcase mentioned by her daughter. It was said to contain narcotics and benzodiazepines in tablet and liquid form. His daughter allegedly told him that she woke up several times to find Becdach pouring liquid OxyContin into her mouth and then he would rape her.

The mother told investigators she believed Becdach nurtured her daughter’s addiction to keep her in check.

The council also interviewed a friend of the deceased woman, who told them a similar account. The friend allegedly told them that Becdach manipulated the woman through drugs, holding them back until she began to experience withdrawal. The friend also said she did not believe the woman was addicted to opioids before meeting Becdach. The friend described the doctor as “very controlling [redacted] and sometimes he paid [redacted]his bills.

Read the full complaint here:

The board has concluded that there is probable cause that Becdach raped Ala. Code § 34-24-360. A hearing before the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners has been set for September 28.

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