Colorado Doc Put On Probation For Ivermectin Prescriptions


By Jennifer Henderson

The Colorado Medical Board put a family medicine physician's license on probationopens in a new tab or window after he admitted to prescribing ivermectin for COVID-19 without properly informing patients of the drug's risks or discussing the FDA-approved treatments for the disease.

Scott Rollins, MD, who practices in Grand Junction, and the board reached an agreementopens in a new tab or window on the matter late last month, according to an online records search through the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies' Division of Professions and Occupations. In the agreement, it was decided that Rollins' medical license would be placed on indefinite probation pending the completion of a physician education program after Rollins admitted that his actions constituted "unprofessional conduct."

The agreement specifically referred to three patients -- unnamed and listed as Patients 1-3 -- for whom Rollins did not perform or did not document the performance of clinical assessments, and did not discuss or document the discussion of several factors related to the prescription of the antiparasitic drug for the treatment and prevention of COVID.

These factors included the risks or perceived benefits associated with ivermectin; patient participation in clinical decision making or Rollins' application of clinical judgment; the availability, risks, and benefits of FDA-approved treatments or vaccines for COVID; and other non-pharmaceutical measures to reduce the likelihood of COVID infection.

"For each of Patients 1-3, respondent failed to adequately document elements of medical decision-making, clinical assessments, risk/benefit analyses of important decisions, application of clinical judgment to situation, the plans for patient treatment, the purpose of those plans, and the patient's participation in medical decision-making," the agreement stated.

Rollins' license was placed on indefinite probation until his successful completion of a medical record-keeping seminar from the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians, which he completed in September 2022, as well as a 6-month follow-up program to be completed within a year of the agreement.

Neither Rollins nor his legal counsel provided comment by press time.

Upon expiration of the probation period, Rollins may submit a written request for restoration of his license to an unrestricted status. The request would be granted if the terms of the probation have been complied with and the probationary period has not been tolled, the agreement noted.

A spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies declined a request for additional details, citing confidentiality.

Rollins has been licensed to practice medicine in Colorado since 1993, and he has continuously held that license ever since.


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