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Board authorized to revoke physician’s license for inappropriately prescribing opioids.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1603818 , Decision Date: 2015-12-17 
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The Georgia Composite Medical Board (“the Board”) sought to revoke a physician’s license for failing to adhere to minimum standard of acceptable practice with regard to his treatment of ten patients, and for allegedly operating an unlicensed pain clinic.  The physician prescribed Xanax and oxycodone [..] Read More..

Vehicle auctioning companies subject to fine for failure to facilitate title transfers.

Topic: Consumer Protection, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1558819 , Decision Date: 2015-10-08 
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Vehicle auctioning companies violated the Fair Business Practices Act by failing to facilitate title transfers after selling motor vehicles to consumers, which in two cases resulted in the consumer losing possession of the vehicle.  However, the Court upheld only the violations for which Office of [..] Read More..

DEA investigation uncovers physician misconduct.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1606610 , Decision Date: 2015-12-02 
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During an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency, a physician issued controlled substances prescriptions to undercover DEA officers, though they exhibited textbook signs of misuse and abuse of medications.  Upon conducting its own investigation, the Georgia Composite Medical Board determined that the physician’s treatment of [..] Read More..

License revoked for recklessly prescribing controlled substances.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1602303 , Decision Date: 2015-10-19 
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The Court upheld the revocation of a physician’s license to practice medicine based on evidence that the physician continued to prescribe controlled substances to one patient despite drug screenings that indicated the patient was failing to take the medications as prescribed and was abusing illegal [..] Read More..

Hearsay evidence insufficient to show unlicensed operation of personal care home.

Topic: Health Law, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1554338 , Decision Date: 2015-07-08 
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The Department of Community Health determined that Petitioner was operating an unlicensed personal care home based on residents’ statements that Petitioner provided them with regular meal services and assistance with their medications.  However, the residents’ out-of-court statements were insufficient to establish that Petitioner was providing [..] Read More..

Educator given two-year suspension for failure to make timely report of suspected sexual abuse.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2015-06-03 
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Petitioner, a school counselor, received information that a student had attempted suicide because her stepfather was sexually abusing her.  The student acknowledged the suicide attempt and later made comments during a conference that gave rise to reasonable cause for the counselor to believe that the [..] Read More..

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