Board maintains doctor's license suspension

Posted: Friday, November 15, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Medical Board has voted unanimously to uphold a hearing officer's recommendation that Dr. Jay Van Houten's medical license remain summarily suspended.

The suspension was handed down in late August after a state review said irresponsible and erratic practices by Van Houten led to the deaths of two patients. A state review found that two patients died of drug overdoses from medication prescribed by Van Houten.

Van Houten can request reconsideration by the board or judicial review by the state Superior Court, said Gary Veres, chief investigator for the Division of Occupational Licensing.

Paul Stockler, Van Houten's attorney, said last week that he planned to appeal the case to the Superior Court if the board approved the suspension.

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