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Agency’s definition of “moral turpitude” unchanged by case law.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Brown 
Docket Number: 1624258 , Decision Date: 2016-03-15 
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A Department of Driver Services regulation prohibits recertification of a DUI Program Instructor or Director who has been convicted of a crime of “moral turpitude.”  At the time the regulation was promulgated, Georgia courts held that the phrase encompassed shoplifting, and that a witness could [..] Read More..

LPN’s license revoked for diverting meds and failing to undergo examination.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Howells 
Docket Number: 1628845 , Decision Date: 2016-03-14 
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A licensed practical nurse (LPN) was ordered by the Georgia Board of Nursing to undergo a mental/physical examination following conduct in 2012 involving diverting narcotics, destroying records, and testing positive for opiates.  The Board sought to revoke the LPN’s license after she failed to comply [..] Read More..

Registered nurse suspended indefinitely for diverting controlled substances for personal use.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 1634115 , Decision Date: 2016-04-11 
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While working in the emergency room of a hospital, a registered nurse repeatedly withdrew controlled substances from an automated medication administration machine, and failed to document that she thereafter administered them to patients.  The results of a drug screen indicated that the nurse had three [..] Read More..

Doctor subject only to sanctions that are supported with evidence.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 1620386 , Decision Date: 2016-02-03 
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The Georgia Composite Medical Board (“the Board”) sought to fine a doctor for failing to employ adequate diagnostic, examination, treatment, and recordkeeping procedures in his treatment of one patient.  Additionally, the Board requested that the doctor pay $265.00 as reimbursement for the peer review, and [..] Read More..

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..

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..

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