Despite the high-risk clientele, a device used to sterilize instruments wasn’t being properly used and hadn’t been tested in six years, the board complaint said. Tests are required monthly.
Also, a drug vial found at a clinic this year had an expiration date of 1993 and one assistant’s drug log said morphine had been used in the clinic last year despite its not receiving any morphine shipments since 2009.
Rogers said Friday the state dental board, which has a $1 million budget funded by issuing licenses, certificates and fines, does not do routine inspections of dental and oral surgeon clinics because it is too swamped chasing complaints including those involving misused drugs and possible sexual misconduct.
In light of the Harrington case, Rogers said the board is talking about making changes but it was too early to provide specifics.
Officials said Harrington’s patients will be offered free medical testing at the Tulsa Health Department’s North Regional Health and Wellness Center.
Associated Press reporter Jeannie Nuss in Little Rock, Ark., contributed to this report.