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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 19, 2014 10:43 AM
From: Representative Dom Costa
To: All House members
Subject: Revoking the License of a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine for the Theft of a Controlled Substance
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation – House Bill 814 – that will amend the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act to require that an osteopathic physician’s license be revoked for the conviction of an offense related to the theft of a controlled substance.

In addition to examining patients, osteopathic physicians have numerous duties, including the administration of controlled substances. Doctors that have been convicted of engaging in illegal and inappropriate behavior, such as the theft of controlled substances, are not only endangering their lives but also the lives of their patients. It is for this reason that I believe that any doctor that has been convicted of such an offense should be prevented from returning to this medical field and practicing medicine.

To address this issue, my legislation amends Section 15(a)(3) of the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act. This legislation would require a doctor of osteopathic medicine to have his or her license revoked for the conviction of acquiring, obtaining, or possessing a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation to protect the patients of doctors that have engaged in these illegal behaviors.

Introduced as HB114