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Dec 10, 2013 10:22 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Serious Charges Against Local Doctor Dismissed

CORPUS CHRISTI - A Corpus Christi doctor who was under investigation by the Texas Medical Board has been cleared of several serious charges, and now wants to clear his name.

The State Board started it's investigation of Dr. Ryan Potter back in 2011, after receiving complaints that he had over-prescribed pain medications to several patients.

In one case, tests showed high levels of oxycodone in the system of a patient who died.

Potter was also accused of not keeping proper records on how much pain medication he prescribed to his patients.

And in October 2012, he was also accused of intimidating a witness.

In the end, Dr. Potter was cleared of everything except the bad record keeping.

The patient who died actually died of other complications.

The State Board's investigators write, "Her high levels of oxycodone was caused by her acute renal failure, undiagnosed bowel perforation."

The Board goes on to say, "The patient was brought to a local hospital emergency room via ambulance, discharged home by the ER physician, and died a few hours later from the undiagnosed conditions noted above."

As for the bad record keeping, the Board did fine Potter $2,000 and demanded the following:

He has to upgrade his record system to a newer model.

He has to spend at least $5,000 on that upgrade.

And he was to take a medical record keeping course.

He also has to supply a copy of this order to every hospital and treatment center he does business with.

Dr. Potter wasn't available today, but we did speak to his wife Ann. She is also his office administrator and says he's happy to see this nearly three year investigation come to an end with good results.

"He's very pleased the ordeal is done," she says.


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