TULSA - The medical hearing against a Tulsa dentist accused of exposing thousands of patients to HIV and hepatitis has been pushed to January.
The move comes only a week out from Dr. Scott Harrington's scheduled hearing. In a document released Thursday, the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry explained "both parties are in need of additional time to complete witness interviews, depositions and attend to pre-trial matters."
DOCUMENT: State continuance (http://bit.ly/14ahd8s)
The board first accused the Tulsa- and Owasso-area oral surgeon with a number of unhygienic practices, including the housing of rusted tools and a drug vial that expired in 1993, in March.
READ THE COMPLAINTS (http://bit.ly/HarringtonDOCS)
The discovery, along with a positive hepatitis C test from one of Harrington's patients, prompted the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Tulsa Health Department to advise more than 7,000 people to be screened for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
RELATED: Patient Notification Letter (http://bit.ly/YORG34)
The OSDH reports 77 of the dentist's ex-patients have tested positive for hepatitis C, five for hepatitis B and four for HIV.
Harrington's hearing is now slated for Jan. 17 in Oklahoma City.