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N.C. Medical Board Charges Doctor

October 30, 2001

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ A doctor who prescribed the anthrax treatment Cipro through an Internet company was charged with writing prescriptions for patients he didn’t see.

The North Carolina Medical Board issued the charges Monday against Dr. Michael Reiff Ross for writing Cipro prescriptions through the Morrisville-based Virtual Medical Group. A hearing was set for Jan. 25.

``In layman’s terms, we think he’s engaged in practice that falls below minimum medical standards, writing prescriptions for people he’s never examined,″ said the board’s executive director, Andrew Watry.

The board, which said it would charge other doctors as well, can revoke a doctor’s license or issue a reprimand if it determines there was unprofessional conduct.

No one was immediately available for comment Tuesday at Virtual Medical Group in Morrisville. No telephone number was available for Ross’ last known address, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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Medical board: http://www.docboard.org/nc

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