Supreme Court Finds UVM Doctor Not Liable

11/30/12 6:06AM

The state Supreme Court has ruled that the director of the University of Vermont's student health center was not legally liable for the actions of a physician assistant who improperly prescribed opiate medications to 12 students.

The Burlington Free Press reports that the court's decision affirms a ruling by the state Medical Practice Board that cleared Dr. Jon Porter in his oversight of a long-time physician's assistant.

Porter was accused of failing to supervise Peter Nobes who refilled opiate prescriptions supposedly lost or stolen, and prescribed opiate medications to students without evidence that a physical exam or an in-person visit had occurred.

The board rejected a recommendation that Porter be found guilty of unprofessional conduct but not face any disciplinary action.

The attorney general's office appealed the decision.

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