'I will move on': Supreme Court rules for state in Dr. Ibsen's appeal

Dr. Mark Ibsen

The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a District Court ruling on a decision by the Montana Board of Medical Examiners to place a Helena physician’s medical license on hold, likely bringing an end to a legal battle that lasted more than eight years.

Dr. Mark Ibsen, whose license had been suspended by the board in 2016 following claims from 2013 that he prescribed excessive amounts of narcotics to some patients and did not adequately chart his reasons for allowing some early refills of pain medications.

He claimed in his appeal that the District Court was incorrect by dismissing his petition for judicial review by saying it was untimely.

Ibsen, who is now practicing, said Wednesday this was likely his last legal challenge, but added he had yet to talk to his attorney about the latest decision.

“The board of medicine owns the chess board and I think we did our best with the circumstances we had,” Ibsen said. “I am pleased that after 8 1/2 years of them trying to ruin me I still have my integrity intact.”

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry,

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