Durham physician reprimanded by state Board of Medicine
CONCORD — The state Board of Medicine reprimanded a Durham primary care physician for professional misconduct for prescribing medication to her life partner.
Dr. Corine R. Replogle, a family physician, is required to complete nine hours of continuing medical education in an area related to ethics and also was fined $2,000.
Replogle reached a settlement with the board on Sept. 7. According to the agreement, Replogle was licensed to practice medicine in New Hampshire on Aug. 5, 2009, and practices medicine at the Mill Pond Family Practice in Durham.
On Oct. 16, 2012, law enforcement agencies notified the board that Replogle prescribed controlled and non-controlled medications for her significant other who lived with her. The matter was referred to the board to determine if she had inappropriately prescribed the medications.
Her partner became a patient at Mill Pond Family Practice in October 2009. According to medical records, Replogle was her partner's primary care physician (PCP) from December 2009 until March 2012 when another physician at the practice became her primary care physician.
While Replogle was her PCP, she prescribed Ativan, Ambien and Vicodin and two prescriptions for Xanax. She also wrote her partner prescriptions for quetiapine (generic for Seroquel, an anti-psychotic), lorazepam (an anti-anxiety drug), tramadol (a pain killer) Seroquel, Alprazolam (anti-anxiety drug) and Fluoxetine (an antidepressant).
According to the agreement, Replogle told the board she wrote prescriptions only for short-term minor problems that were not emergencies.
"I wrote my partner a couple scripts as a rare event, because I didn't want to bother her primary care doctor. I wrote for a few Xanax for her to help with flying, not as a chronic medicine. And I wrote for Ambien to fill in for a mail-away prescription that had not yet been delivered."
The agreement, however, listed the dates Replogle wrote prescriptions for her partner — 39 in all — from Feb. 10, 2011, through Oct. 10, 2012, which included a dozen prescriptions for zolpidem (a generic for Ambien), 15 for Seroquel, four for quetiapine (the generic for Seroquel) and five for Tramodol, a pain killer, and one each for alprazolam, lorazepam and fluoxetine.
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