January 5, 2012
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The director of University of Vermont's student health center has been cleared of allegations that the center improperly prescribed opiate painkillers to student patients.
The state Medical Practice Board voted on Thursday to reject a recommendation that Dr. Jon Porter be found guilty of unprofessional conduct but not face any disciplinary action.
Porter told the Burlington Free Press that the decision was a "good action."
Assistant Attorney General David Groff says the state may consider appealing the decision to the Vermont Supreme Court.
Porter was accused of failing to supervise a physician's assistant 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 taken place.
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