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May 10, 2016

Press Release/Vermont State Police/Windham County/Prescription Fraud/16H200073

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
               
CASE#:16H200073
TROOPER:SGT THOMAS MOZZER                                                             
STATION: DRUG DIVERSION UNIT                    
CONTACT#:773-9101

DATE/TIME:2015-2016
LOCATION: TOWN OF LONDONDERRY
VIOLATION:PRESCRIPTION FRAUD

ACCUSED:DR. MELANIE M. CANON                                                                                        
AGE:49
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:WESTON, VT

VICTIM: 2 PATIENTS-NO DESCRIPTION PROVIDED.

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
In January 2016, Vermont State Police Rockingham barracks received a complaint
of possible prescription fraud and deceit by a physician who had been accused of
prescribing and retrieving Oxycodone from a local pharmacy and never delivering
the regulated drugs to her patients.

The accused, Dr. Melanie M. Canon, had been regularly seeing patients outside of
normal practice and conducting home visits.  Canon herself, admittedly never
kept patient notes or charts for any of her patient visits or care from July
2015 until March 2016.  During those months, she prescribed and issued numerous
prescriptions for Oxycodone, a strong Opioid pain reliever and regulated drug in
Vermont.  Investigation, with the assistance of DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and the Vermont Board of Medical Practice investigators, revealed at least (8) occasions when Canon prescribed a prescription narcotic and retrieved those prescriptions from the pharmacy without the knowledge of her patients.
Those narcotic prescriptions were reported to never have been delivered to her
prescribed patients.  It is an uncommon practice for physicians to prescribe,
retrieve and sign out medications from the pharmacy and deliver them to patients
at their homes.

Canon is currently charged with (8) counts of prescription fraud; however,
additional charges could be filed at a later date if additional patients can be
located.  Canon diverted/ falsely prescribed over 1200 Oxycodone (Percocet)
tablets from her patients for her own use.  Canon submitted to a cessation of her license to practice medicine in Vermont on 4/6/16.



COURT ACTION: Y
COURT DATE:6/14/16                    
COURT:WINDHAM SUPERIOR COURT/CRIMINAL DIVISION
MUG SHOT: Y



Sergeant Thomas Mozzer
Drug Diversion Unit
Vermont State Police
(802) 241-5566 ext. 4219
(802) 342-0218 cell