Doctor Implicated in Hepatitis C Scare Gets License Back - 8 News NOW

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Doctor Implicated in Hepatitis C Scare Gets License Back

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Dr. Eladio Carrera, one of the doctors at the center of the hepatitis C scare, will get his medical license back.

Dr. Carrera, Dr. Dipak Desai and Dr. Clifford Carrol were owners of the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada which was linked to unsafe medical practices that resulted in nine people contracting hepatitis C.  

The State Board of Medical Examiners reached an agreement with Carrera on Wednesday. The terms of the agreement include Carrera paying a $15,000 fine and being on probation for two years. Carrera will also have to testify against Desai and Carrol at their hearings before the medical board later this year.

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"We feel that if he is going at assist the board in going after doctors, as you heard today, that may have had very different roles in how the infection occurred, if that assistance gets us further along the road. We felt that was valuable to us," said Executive Director Louis Ling, NV State Board of Medical Examiners.

Health investigators were able to directly link three of the infected patients to Carrera. Those three had procedures performed by him on Sept. 21, 2007. Carrera's attorney said his client was not in the room when the patients were infected.

"If there was an infection generated at the clinic on Sept. 21st, it occurred somewhere else outside of his presence through no action or inaction of his own," said David Mortensen, Carrera's attorney.

Carrera can begin practicing medicine immediately. His medical license has been suspended since April 2008. Carrera was not at the settlement hearing. His attorney says he is on a medical mission in Uruguay.

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