- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Superior Court judge has ordered a pharmacy license reinstated to a former state senator who lost his right to dispense drugs after lapses such as mistakenly giving morphine to an infant and a toddler.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1zhwWCF ) that Judge Stephen P. Nugent ruled Monday that Rhode Island Health Director Michael Fine exceeded his authority.

Fine rejected a proposed settlement of the case in 2013 after it was ratified by the Board of Pharmacy and a hearing officer’s recommendation to suspend Leo Blais’ license for 2½ years.

Fine said he was concerned another error “could result in the loss of life” and he did not have confidence Blais would safeguard public health.

Nugent said Fine “cavalierly shunted aside” a hearing officer’s conclusions.

The Health Department said It’s reviewing whether to appeal.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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