Fountain Valley pain doctor Van H. Vu has been linked to 17 patient deaths, and the California Medical Board would like to suspend or revoke his license to practice for three of them.
The board alleges in a complaint disclosed Friday that Vu failed to address signs of trouble and continued prescribing powerful narcotics--at times in higher doses and dangerous combinations--to the patients.
The Los Angeles Times previously reported on the 17 deaths linked to Vu, whose defense has been some patients suffered from depression and substance abuse and the doctor can't control what they do after they leave his office.
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