Judge excludes some evidence against doctor accused of trafficking 50,000 pills

Information provided to a medical regulator has been excluded from the drug-trafficking trial of a Nova Scotia doctor accused of prescribing 50,000 pills to a hospital patient.

Defence lawyer Stan MacDonald says a Bridgewater provincial court judge ruled Friday that a letter and interview Sarah Dawn Jones provided to the College of Physicians and Surgeons in September 2015 should be omitted from her trial.

Jones has pleaded not guilty to charges including possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, drawing a document without authority and fraud.

MacDonald says the evidence given to the governing body was provided under compulsion, and constitutional provisions protect against the use of self-incriminating evidence a person provides to a professional regulator.