The State Board of Medical Licensure ordered that Dr. Paul McLaughlin's medical certificate is put on probation after several patients reported nodes that appeared after a flu shot in October and November 2018.
Patients received the shots at the Inmate Clinic in Mount Sterling, about 35 miles east of Lexington, owned and operated by McLaughlin's wife.
After the clinic received calls reporting side effects from at least 16 patients, McLaughlin's wife, Fairshinda McLaughlin, began prescribing short-term antibiotics to treat the reactions. The antibiotics were named under the name of dr. Paul McLaughlin and prescribed without physical examination of patients according to the regulation.
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The board issued the order after consulting the Department of Health of Kentucky, stating that the Outbreak of adverse reactions "probably due to the preparation, storage and / or handling practices" in the clinic. KDPH also said that the clinic operator and those who handled and administered the vaccines were not licensed physicians.
Paul McLaughlin appeared before a board of the Medical Licensing Board on June 20, 2019, and said he and his wife had become aware of the outbreak during Thanksgiving Week 2018. However, the board noted that many of the prescriptions before Thanksgiving were written.
The board also stated in its order that records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the clinic contacted the CDC on November 5, 2018 and reported that 16 patients had abscess nodules almost a month after receiving the flu shot.
The Board resolution states that the caller has been instructed to contact the Kentucky Immunization Program in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) to submit a report.
CDC records showed that a clinician called the CDC on 13 November and asked if the CDC could test the needles to see if there were any problems with the equipment used to administer the vaccines.
The CDC told the caller that syringes could be subjected to local, regional or state health testing department, but nothing was submitted for testing.
By December, at least three patients had been treated by the Clark County Health Department for reactions to the vaccines they received at Location Vaccination. The department reported the response to the Montgomery County Health Department, which turned to the doctor's office and confirmed that there had been an outbreak of side effects.
KDPH then asked Paul McLaughlin about the reactions. He confirmed that he had been informed of the reactions and had received a vaccine and a reaction that had subsided with antibiotic treatment. He also said that the CDC was contacted, but it was "not really interested".
In December 2018, KDPH sent a letter about the onset of reactions in patients who may have been injected with the vaccine. The department then received phone calls from patients that the doctor's wife contacted them directly and asked for prescriptions for antibiotics and steroids without undergoing a physical examination or test.
If antibiotics are prescribed inappropriately, it could have serious consequences.
According to KDPH, it was unclear whether Paul McLaughlin knew that his wife was claiming prescriptions, but the prescriptions were licensed under his name and commissioned.
The medical board said McLaughlin had delegated his medical responsibilities to an unlicensed physician, and his failure to combat the onset of side effects had contributed to a public health crisis that he had delegated his medical responsibility or inappropriately the vaccine reactions has reacted. In a statement, a McLaughlin lawyer denied the doctor's wrongdoing, suggesting that the side effects may be due to "well-recognized side effects of most vaccines," which limited the physician's approval, but constitutes "unproven allegations by others." 19659002] According to the order, Paul McLaughlin may be subject to additional punishment, including the revocation of his authorization, if the board finds that the provisions of the decision have been violated.
Douglas S. Wood of CNN contributed to this story