Supreme Court Finds UVM Doctor Not Liable
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.