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- Noncompliance with a Professional Rule (8/23/2011)
- Action Taken: Release from Prior Order
- Summary: Please reference the following Document
- State: Virginia
- Documentation: Download here (PDF)
- Noncompliance with a Professional Rule (11/1/2010)
- Action Taken: Education
Dr. Addie Jametta Briggs; License # 0101226981
Nature of Complaint:
The physician from approximately July 2008 through October 2008 allowed an individual employed as a medical assistant and a medical assistant student administer the pneumococcal vaccines Prevnar and Pneumovax to patients. The physician did not provide written or verbal orders for vaccines because the physician believed that the medical assistants were familiar with the proper administration of routine childhood vaccines in accordance with the CDC guidelines.
The medical assistant and the medical assistant student between July and October 2008 incorrectly administered to Patients A-N a dose of Pneumovax, a pneumococcal vaccine approved by the FDA only for patients ages two and older instead of the FDA approved and CDC recommended pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar for patients under the ages of two.
The medical assistants administered an expired dose of the Pneumovax vaccine to Patients A and K.
The physician after learning that the pneumococcal vaccine Pneumovax was administered to Patients A-N instead of Prevnar, instructed Individual Z to ensure that each patient received Prevnar on the patients next office visit. The physician failed to follow up with Individual Z to ensure that an additional dose of Prevnar was administered and that each patient received the four CDC recommended doses. Patients F, H, I, J, L, M, and N did not receive the additional dose of Prevnar.
The physician failed to inform the parents or legal guardians that Patients A-N incorrectly received a dose of Pneumovax and that there may be some risk that Patients F, H, I, J, L, M, and N may not be fully protected against pneumococcal infections without the full Prevnar vaccine series.
The physician failed to properly manage patient records and maintain accurate, complete, legible, and timely patient records.
As required by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, the edition date of the Vaccine Information Statement distributed to the parent or legal guardian of Patients A-N was either recorded with the incorrect edition date or completely excluded on a patient's Vaccine Administration and Screening Record. The make up Prevnar vaccine was administered to Patients A, B, C, E, G and K, a copy of the current edition Prevnar VIS was not provided to their parents or guardians as required by the NCVIA. The Vaccine Log book located at the physician's practice was not consistently completed with the lot number of the vaccine administered or the initials of the individual administering the vaccine as required by the NCVIA.
The physician on occasion administered vaccines from the stock of free vaccines provided by the Virginia Vaccines for Children Program to patients with private insurance. The physician was previously informed that this practice was not permitted, however, the physician asserted that when the physician has used a free vaccine for a private insurance patient that the physician replaced the vaccine with vaccines from the stock of vaccines for private insurance patients when such vaccines became available. The physician asserted that she maintains separate stocks of identical vaccines in her office for patients with private insurance and Medicaid patients that receive free vaccines under the Virginia Vaccines for Children Program.
The physician asserted that since this incident, the physician provides verbal orders for vaccines administered in her office, has admonished her staff for not following proper protocol regarding recording vaccines received by patients on the patients Vaccine Administration and Screening Record and has instructed staff members on the proper protocol for recording vaccines. The physician has also instructed her staff on how to ensure that the edition date of the Vaccine Information Statement distributed to the parents or legal guardians of patients is recorded correctly in the patient's Vaccine Administration and Screening Record where indicated and ensure a Vaccine Information Statement is provided to each patient's parent or guardian each time a patient receives a vaccine.
Action Taken-Consent Order
The physician has been issued a Reprimand by the Virginia Board of Medicine. The physician's license shall be subject to the following terms and conditions:
- The physician within twelve months shall submit satisfactory proof to the Board of completion of six hours of board approved continuing medical education in professional ethics to include physician-patient communication .
- The physician within twelve months shall submit satisfactory proof to the Board of completion of ten hours of board approved continuing medical education in medical recordkeeping .
- The physician shall comply with all laws and regulations relating to the Virginia Vaccines for Childrens Program.
- State: Virginia
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