A USA Today investigation reveals that state medical boards responsible for licensing doctors don’t punish thousands of physicians who have been banned by hospitals or other medical facilities.
The article highlights the case of Greggory Phillips, M.D., who prescribed a toxic mix of medications for 44-year-old Jennifer Chaney of Texas to treat her neck pain and poor thyroid function. Chaney died as a result of the medication. Although he already faced sanctions for mismanaging medications and abusing drugs for over a decade, the Texas Medical Board issued fines, restricted his prescription powers, and put his medical license on probation.
But he still was allowed to keep practicing, according to the newspaper’s investigation. Before Chaney, another woman had died in his care in 2008.
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