PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s nursing board has suspended the license of a nurse practitioner it says failed to quarantine products from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis.
The Health Department says Gerald Dornhecker’s license is suspended for six months. He owns Skin Essentials in North Providence, which provides cosmetic treatments.
The department says an inspector found recalled products in a treatment room two months after their recall and a month after a federal inspector told him to remove them.
Dornhecker testified at a board hearing that he initially didn’t know what to do with them and later did what he thought was required. A message was left for him Thursday seeking comment.
Contaminated products from the New England Compounding Center have been blamed for 39 deaths and 620 illnesses nationwide.