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Board Sets Hearing For Cary Doctor In Lidocaine Overdose Death

Posted March 23, 2006

— The North Carolina Medical Board has set a hearing to determine whether a Cary doctor will lose his medical license for the death of a North Carolina State University student who died of a lidocaine overdose last year.

On Dec. 28, 2004, Shiri Berg, 22, was found having a seizure in her car by a passing motorist. She died nine days later, on Jan. 5. Officials said she had applied the anesthetic gel to her legs in preparation for hair removal treatments at Premier Body Laser and Skin Clinic in Cary.

The state medical board set a hearing for Dr. Samuel Wurster for Aug. 16 because, it said, he obtained the cream for the clinic and then set up a protocol where patients could get it without a prescription or a physical exam.

In August, the state medical board recommended that Dr. Ira David Uretzky, the medical director of Premier at the time of Berg's death, should lose his license for six months.

Uretzky, they said, failed to take medical histories or perform physical exams before the prescription gel was given to spa clients, as required by law, and failed to give individual prescriptions for the gel.

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