Connecticut medical board fines psychiatrist Peter Benet $15K for substandard level of care; patient developed incurable nerve disorder
June 16, 2009
The Connecticut Medical Examining Board disciplined psychiatrist Peter Benet for substandard care of a patient who alleged that Benet’s treatment caused him to develop tardive dyskinesia (abbreviated “TD,” an irreversible nerve disorder which manifests in involuntary muscle contractions of the face, neck, etc.). According to the Board’s report, Benet prescribed the patient multiple drugs, some of which are known to cause TD but there is not record that Benet advised the patient of the risks associated with at least seven of the drugs he prescribed, state regulators charged. Benet also failed to coordinate his prescriptions with drugs the patient was already taking for extant medical conditions. The Board fined Benet $15,000 and placed his license on probation for one year. He was also ordered to hire a supervising psychiatrist to conduct a random review of his patient records and complete courses in TD and managing medications.
(“State medical board disciplines South Windsor psychiatrist,” Hartford Courant, June 17, 2009.)
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