Court rejects Brigham City doctor’s drug license petition

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court says a Utah pain doctor convicted on federal drug charges can’t have his license to distribute prescription medications reinstated. The Salt Lake Tribune reports ( ) the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver rejected the petition from Dewey MacKay on Friday. In its ruling, the court says the federal Drug Enforcement Administration was justified in revoking MacKay’s license in 2009. Judges say MacKay hasn’t taken responsibility for any misconduct and continued to distribute drugs even when he knew he was being investigated by authorities. In August a jury convicted the 64-year-old Brigham City doctor on 40 of 86 charges related to the illegal distribution of drugs that resulted in the death of one patient. A federal judge sentenced MacKay to 20 years prison on Dec. 19.

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