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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Suspended Nova Scotia doctor may get licence back

CBC News.
Former patient blames doctor for suicide

A Nova Scotia doctor who used a patient to get a narcotic drug for her personal use will be allowed to return to the practice of medicine if she fulfils several conditions imposed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

Dr. Violet Hawes of Middle Musquodoboit had her licence suspended in November 2009 after the allegations surfaced.

The following month, one of her former patients committed suicide and left a note blaming her.
Doug Carpenter, 49, took his life in the parking lot of the Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital in December 2009.

He left a note for his family saying "Dr. Hawes did this to me."

According to Carpenter's medical records, Hawes prescribed him Hydromorph Contin — a narcotic — for the first time in January 2008.

Carpenter's mother, Phyllis, said her son had described an arrangement with his doctor when she prescribed the drug.

"She would have a prescription ready for him when he went in there for his drug. He would fill it and give it to her," Carpenter told CBC News last December.

The entire CBCNews-Canada story can be here.

There was a similar case in central Pennsylvania in which a physician used numerous patients to obtain narcotics for himself.  In the Pennsylvania case, the physician's patient did not commit suicide, but he apparently told patients the drugs were for a dying parent.  Physicians using patient to obtain narcotics occurs.

Some of that information can be found here.
Petitioner was charged with five misdemeanor counts of unlawful procurement of prescription drugs in violation of 63 P.S. � 390-8(13) - however, the misdemeanor conviction is not at issue in this proceeding. Both the felony and misdemeanor charges involved Hydrocodone (Lortab) a Schedule III controlled substance. I.G. Ex. 8, at 1.