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[ATG] Two Wagoner Medical Center doctors agree not to prescribe pain medications until full hearing
Start Date: 3/27/2013 All Day
End Date: 3/27/2013
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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office today obtained agreements that prohibit Drs. Donald and Marilyn Wagoner from prescribing controlled substances until the Medical Licensing Board’s next meeting.

The board approved the agreements during pre-hearing conferences in Indianapolis. The physicians can still practice medicine, but their ability to prescribe narcotics or opiates will be restricted until the board meets again on April 25. At that time, the board will consider the formal licensing complaints filed against them by the Attorney General’s office and determine what, if any, disciplinary action will be taken.

Earlier this month, the Attorney General’s office filed petitions with the board to temporarily suspend the Wagoners from practicing medicine, but the two petitions were dismissed today because of the voluntary agreements.

“Our main priority is to protect patients and today’s agreements allow the physicians to practice medicine, but not prescribe addictive pain medications – which are our main concerns,” Zoeller said. “These agreements will remain in place until the Medical Licensing Board considers the formal licensing complaints next month.”

According to the filed agreements, both physicians will not prescribe any controlled substances related to pain management or employ a physician for the purposes of prescribing pain medication. The doctors will also refer patients with chronic pain to a qualified pain management specialist.

Wagoner Medical Center has offices at 821 N. Dixon Rd. in Kokomo and 605 E. 7th St. in Burlington.

According to the licensing complaints filed today, an investigation revealed unsafe pharmacological mixes, high prescribing rates for controlled pain medications and 26 patient deaths resulting from multiple drug toxicity.

Earlier this month, the Attorney General’s office also filed petitions to temporarily suspend Dr. Robert Brewer and Dr. William Terpstra who currently work or have worked at the Wagoner Medical Center. The board held pre-conference hearings today in those matters, but no agreements were filed in those cases. The board set a hearing for April 25 to consider the state’s petitions.

If the suspensions are granted, Brewer and Terpstra could not practice medicine for at least 90 days while the Attorney General’s office drafts formal complaints to submit to the board. In licensing cases, the board has the authority to determine what, if any, disciplinary action will be taken.

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For copies of these filings please send a request to erin.reece@atg.in.gov 

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