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[ATG] Jeffersonville pain clinic doctor’s license remains suspended, new hearing date set
Start Date: 4/25/2013 All Day
End Date: 4/25/2013
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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – The Indiana Medical Licensing Board today moved to continue a Clark County pain clinic doctor’s licensing suspension.

In February, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office filed a licensing complaint against Dr. Lea Marlow who worked at the now-closed Clark County Wellness Center. Marlow’s medical license has been on temporary suspension since December.

The board met today in Indianapolis and voted to keep Marlow’s license on emergency suspension, which was set to expire, until the board meets on June 27.

“The Respondent’s license will continue to be temporarily suspended until a final resolution is determined by the board,” said Mike Minglin, Deputy Attorney General of the Licensing Enforcement and Homeowner Protection Unit. “The public remains protected and the state will be set to present its case at the next hearing in which the formal licensing case will be considered.”

According to the licensing complaint, Marlow prescribed more than 8,000 prescriptions in 2012 for 3,489 patients in the last year, with more than 95 percent receiving oxycodone.

In February of 2012, Marlow worked for Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management. In July of that year, 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 closed and reopened as the Clark County Wellness Center in Indiana and Marlow began prescribing there in August.

According to the state’s complaint, the Clark County Wellness Center did not accept payment from private insurance companies or government entitlement programs and instead operated as a “cash-only” business.

Zoeller said the Indiana General Assembly recently passed Senate Enrolled Act 246, authored by State Sen. Ron Grooms (R-Jeffersonville), which deals with clinics that dispense controlled substances. For clinics that prescribe, dispense or administer controlled substances, this measure would require that an owner who does not otherwise hold an Indiana Controlled Substance Registration (CSR) must obtain a CSR for each facility they own in Indiana. If the bill is signed by the governor, then the Medical Licensing Board could allow – through new rule making procedures – the Attorney General’s office to move more quickly in taking enforcement action against practitioners who overprescribe and obtaining records for an investigation.

The legislation stems from the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, which Zoeller chairs, where members examined the problem of pain-management clinics that dispense addictive controlled substances with little oversight.


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