I recently returned from vacation and learned of Rocky Quillen's drug arrest. I am a physician assistant and take serious issue with the statement of Bocephalus. Most of us are dedicated and thoroughly honest health care professionals. Quillen is clearly an exception and not the rule. Many of us have had concerns about Quillen's competence for a long time. His substance abuse has never been a big secret. Likewise, it is common knowledge in the region that Quillen "writes". That is, the drug seekers have him on their hit parade and the word has been out on the street that Quillen writes prescriptions for any controlled substance that a patient requests. This is certainly not the typical practice of the vast majority of P.A.s. One has to then ask the question. Who was supervising Quillen? A P.A.s charts must be co-signed by a physician. This is the law. It seems inconceivable that any physician could review Quillen's charts and not raise a red flag. Luckily, Quillen will be behind bars, where he belongs, and no longer pose a threat to the public. But there will still be renegade and impaired P.A.s out there and, if no one is properly monitoring them, the local druggies will continue to flourish.I suspect that I speak for most P.A.s everywhere. Rocky Quillen is an embarrassment and his behavior is absolutely not reflective of the typical physician assistant.
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