NEW: Doc Suspended For Prescribing Narcotics + More For Family
Friday, September 14, 2012
Lisa Noyes-Duguay, MD, initially told investigators from the RI Department of Health's Board of Licensure and Discipline that she had never prescribed controlled substances for any family members. When asked again if she had ever prescribed Vicodin, Klonopin, Buprenorphine products or Hycodan syrup to a family member, she said she done so on two occasions. She then added that she had prescribed Suboxone to one family member twice about a year earlier.
Further, Noyes-Duguay admitted that she has "on rare occasions" dispensed controlled substances from her office and placed them in bottles with improper labels. "After the investigator told her that she was not permitted to do so (pursuant to state pharmacy regulations), she said she would no longer do so," according to documents from HEALTH.
Suboxone scrips and spoons
Reports filed with HEALTH show that for one of two family members, Dr. Noyes-Guguay wrote 33 prescriptions for Suboxone between December 5, 2003 and June 10, 2011. In a July 2011 response to the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, she denied that she had written 33 prescriptions for the family member, saying that she suspected the family member may have obtained a copy of a page from her prescription pad, or the pad itself, without her knowledge. She also said she suspected that 31 of the 33 scrips were fraudulent, and denies that those 31 are in fact in her handwriting. According to HEALTH, the original paper prescriptions show "handwriting in a style that appears to be consistent on each one, and consistent with other handwriting of the Respondent."
Another investigator found a spoon in a lock box in her office that contained "residue from a controlled substance." Dr. Noyes-Duguay initially told an investigator that she didn't know how it got there. Later, she told Department staff that she had left it in the lock box for a long time an just never brought it home to wash.
As part of her July 2011 response, Dr. Noyes-Duguay admitted she had prescribed Hycodan syrup on one occasion to another family member. Based on her patterns of "prescribing controlled substances in a manner that does not meet the standards of acceptable practice," "prescribing narcotics without medical records," and "prescribing narcotics without performing an examination of the patient," Dr. Noyes-Duguay is suspended from prescribing controlled substances until further notice.
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