- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A doctor in New Jersey who the state says improperly prescribed the spray form of a highly addictive painkiller has agreed to a temporary license suspension.

Attorney General Christopher Porrino said Tuesday that Vivienne Matalon agreed to a suspension beginning Oct. 31. Matalon practices in Camden and Cherry Hill.

The state says Matalon gave three patients Subsys, which is a spray based fentanyl. One of the patients died 14 months later and the state says her autopsy found a significant level of fentanyl in her blood.

Doctors who prescribe the drug have to agree that it should only be prescribed to cancer patients with uncontrollable pain, but investigators say Matalon prescribed it to three patients who were dealing with other problems.

Her attorney has previously declined to comment.

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