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Sec. 21a-322. (Formerly Sec. 19-504q). Grounds for disciplinary action. Civil penalty.

      Sec. 21a-322. (Formerly Sec. 19-504q). Grounds for disciplinary action. Civil penalty. The commissioner may suspend, revoke or refuse to renew a registration, place a registration on probation, place conditions on a registration and assess a civil penalty of not more than one thousand dollars per violation of this chapter, for sufficient cause. Any of the following shall be sufficient cause for such action by the commissioner: (1) The furnishing of false or fraudulent information in any application filed under this chapter; (2) conviction of a crime under any state or federal law relating to the registrant's profession, controlled substances or drugs or fraudulent practices, including, but not limited to, fraudulent billing practices; (3) failure to maintain effective controls against diversion of controlled substances into other than duly authorized legitimate medical, scientific, or commercial channels; (4) the suspension, revocation, expiration or surrender of the practitioner's federal controlled substance registration; (5) prescribing, distributing, administering or dispensing a controlled substance in schedules other than those specified in the practitioner's state or federal registration or in violation of any condition placed on the practitioner's registration; (6) the restriction, suspension, revocation or limitation of a professional license or certificate as a result of a proceeding pursuant to the general statutes; (7) abuse or excessive use of drugs; (8) possession, use, prescription for use or distribution of controlled substances or legend drugs, except for therapeutic or other proper medical or scientific purpose; (9) a practitioner's failure to account for disposition of controlled substances as determined by an audit of the receipt and disposition records of said practitioner; and (10) failure to keep records of medical evaluations of patients and all controlled substances dispensed, administered or prescribed to patients by a practitioner.

      (P.A. 77-485, S. 8, 13; P.A. 82-355, S. 6; P.A. 85-275, S. 1; P.A. 07-252, S. 75.)

      History: P.A. 82-355 added new Subdiv. permitting disciplinary action against practitioner who fails to account for disposition of controlled substances; Sec. 19-504q transferred to Sec. 21a-322 in 1983 and alphabetic Subdiv. indicators replaced with numeric indicators for consistency with general practice throughout general statutes; P.A. 85-275 authorized the commissioner of consumer protection to refuse to renew a registration for sufficient cause; P.A. 07-252 expanded disciplinary actions available to commissioner for enforcement of registration provisions, authorized civil penalty of not more than $1,000 per violation, amended Subdivs. (2) and (5) to expand grounds for disciplinary action thereunder and added Subdiv. (10) re disciplinary action for failure to keep records of patient medical evaluations and controlled substances.

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