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[ATG] Board votes to suspend Jeffersonville pain clinic doctor
Start Date: 12/6/2012 All Day
End Date: 12/6/2012
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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – The Indiana Medical Licensing Board voted to suspend a Clark County pain clinic doctor’s license after a petition was filed citing unsafe prescribing practices.

On Monday, Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office filed the petition to suspend Dr. Lea Marlow’s license who works at the Clark County Wellness Center. During a hearing in Indianapolis today the board voted to suspend Marlow’s license until the next hearing set for Jan. 24. During that time, the Attorney General’s Office will work on drafting a formal licensing complaint. Once a complaint is filed, the board has the authority to determine what, if any, disciplinary action will be taken.

“The action taken by the board to suspend Dr. Marlow’s license helps ensure patients are protected while our office drafts a formal licensing complaint,” said Gabrielle Owens, Deputy Director of the Attorney General’s Licensing Enforcement and Homeowner Protection Unit. “This physician’s prescribing practices are well outside the boundaries of what is considered safe and appropriate.”

Since January, Marlow has prescribed more than 8,000 prescriptions for 3,489 patients – with more than 95 percent receiving oxycodone. Owens said virtually all Marlow’s patients receive identical treatment in the form of oxycodone and diazepam prescriptions.

According to the petition, the doctor does not accept payment from private insurance companies or government entitlement programs and instead operates as a “cash-only” business.

In February, Marlow worked for Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management. In July, Kentucky’s new regulations regarding pain clinics went into effect requiring any pain clinic be owned and operated by a board certified, licensed physician. According to the petition, the clinic then opened as the Clark County Wellness Center in Indiana and Marlow began prescribing there in August.

Since January, the Attorney General’s Office has filed numerous licensing actions against physicians for overprescribing with several cases involving deaths resulting from the over prescribing. The growing number of overprescribing incidents has resulted in the creation of the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force recently launched by Zoeller. The group is made up of state legislators, law enforcement, health officials, pharmacists, state and local agencies and education providers. Members are focusing on education, treatment and recovery, prescription drug monitoring, prescription disposal and take-back and enforcement. The full task force will publish a report of its findings and recommendations.

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Contact Information:
Name: Erin Reece
Phone: 317.232.0168
Email: Erin.Reece@atg.in.gov
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