Doctor accused of improperly giving medications

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The former chairman of a panel overseeing the use of prescription drugs in Vermont is facing allegations he improperly dispensed medications to 14 patients.

Michael Scovner, who has a medical office in Poultney, was chairman of the Drug Utilization Board. He stepped down in August 2012.

The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/1vpzuRZ) the state Medical Practice Board made the allegations. That he was dispensing the medications "for other than therapeutic purposes."

Scovner also was accused of ordering bulk delivery of anti-anxiety pills in 2011 that he intended to give to a single patient.

Scovner's lawyer, Eileen Elliott, denied her client did anything wrong. She said he intends to fight the allegations.

A hearing before the medical board is scheduled for Sept. 30.

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