The New York State Gaming Commission has suspended veterinarian Camilo B. Sierra 21 days and fined him $4,500 for improperly dispensing the prescription drug albuterol and for delegating veterinary care to a lay person. A previous article published in Paulick Report Dec. 8, 2017, incorrectly stated the reasons for the fine and suspension that were part of a stipulated agreement between the two parties.
The Paulick Report regrets the error and apologizes to Dr. Sierra.
The agreement states Dr. Sierra distributed and dispensed the drug “without affixing to the drug container a label identifying him as the dispenser of the drug and bearing the name of the patient, the date of delivery and sufficient directions for the use of the drug.”
The agreement further states that Dr. Sierra “prescribed albuterol to a horse of licensed owner Raj Jagnanan without having a valid veterinarian-patient-client relationship or sufficient knowledge of the condition of the horse, without having performed a contemporaneous examination of the horse, without a plan to evaluate or oversee the treatment outcome, without making appropriate arrangements for continuing care and treatment of the horse, without conducting further veterinary visits as needed, and without exercising veterinary judgment independent of the request for such drug by the owner of the horse.”
The suspension is to run from Feb. 1-21, during which time Dr. Siera shall be denied the privileges and use of the grounds of New York racetracks.
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