Medford, Ore. — A local nurse practitioner, who lost her license more than a year ago, is heading to court on Monday. The district attorney’s office said a deal is in the works. It’s a deal one of the victims isn’t happy with.
Tamara Louise Dixon’s case has been active since early 2016. The district attorney’s office said Dixon is now prepared to accept a deal.
Dixon is a former nurse practitioner. Her nursing license was revoked in April 2016, as a result of an active investigation by the Oregon State Nursing Board. That investigation led to eight criminal charges – six counts for reckless endangerment, one for initiating a false report, and one for obtaining a controlled substance.
“Just to take it to one misdemeanor – I was appalled,” said the woman who made the complaint against Dixon. She asked not to be identified.
The woman said the two met at Asante while working in the critical care unit. She said Dixon was giving prescriptions to people who didn’t go through the proper channels.
“If she’s not held accountable, then nobody is being held accountable and it skews the concept of truth and reality,” she said.
That’s something the woman – as a fellow medical professional – said is something that happens too often in the field.
“Providers are doing it day in and day out. It’s like white collar drug crime because they’re not held accountable,” she said.
She said agreeing to plead to only one of eight counts is unacceptable. Especially when the case involves other people.
“Recklessly prescribe and obtain prescriptions by fraud. It just shouldn’t be taken lightly,” she said.
NBC5 News reached out to Asante for a comment and were told it does not comment on personnel issues. NBC5 News was unable to reach Dixon.
UPDATE: Tamara Dixon’s husband called NBC5 News after the story aired. Both he and Ms. Dixon vehemently deny the claims made against her. They also say they are pursuing the Oregon State Nursing Board in an action through the appellate court.
NBC5 News will continue following this story and will provide updates as they become available.
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