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Doctor Reprimanded for Giving Painkiller to Montvale Teen


Richmond, VA - A doctor at a Roanoke County urgent care facility has been reprimanded by the Virginia Board of Medicine for giving a Montvale teen too much of a powerful painkiller hours before the girl's death.

Dr. Joyce Luteyn, M.D. was ordered to complete continuing education, according to Travis Graham, a Roanoke attorney representing the family of Jessica Hart. Graham confirmed the board stopped short of suspending or revoking Luteyn's medical license.

Hart, 17, died April 4, seven hours after being seen by Luteyn at MedExpress on Williamson Road for a severe sore throat.

The Board of Medicine accused Luteyn of ordering the maximum dose of Dilaudid for Hart, 4 milligrams, without taking the girl's age or small size into consideration. 

Dilaudid is known to cause respiratory depression.  A 911 call made by Hart's mother reveals the teen became unresponsive on the way home from the doctor's office.

The medical examiner ruled Hart died of complications from mononucleosis.  Roanoke County Police closed a criminal investigation of the incident, without filing charges.

The Virginia Board of Nursing reprimanded Yevonne Powers in October.  Powers  is the nurse who administered the drug on Luteyn's order.  The Board of Medicine claimed when Luteyn learned of Hart's death, she and her nurse made changes to Hart's record.

MedExpress will not say if Luteyn or Powers are still employed.

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