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[ATG] Zoeller: Board revokes Jeffersonville pain clinic doctor’s license
Start Date: 6/27/2013 All Day
End Date: 6/27/2013
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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – The Indiana Medical Licensing Board voted today to revoke a Clark County pain clinic doctor’s license citing unsafe prescribing practices.

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. The board met today in Indianapolis and voted to revoke Marlow’s license which means can she can no longer practice medicine or petition the board for a new license for at least seven years.

“This case is part of a statewide effort to crack down on physicians and pain clinics that are operating outside the boundaries of state law and appropriate medical practice,” Zoeller said. “Today’s action by the Medical Licensing Board is welcomed as we continue our work to protect Hoosier patients and stop misuse and abuse of addictive controlled substances.”

Marlow’s medical license has been on temporary suspension since December of 2012. According to the licensing complaint, she prescribed more than 8,000 prescriptions in 2012 for 3,489 patients in the last year, with more than 95 percent receiving oxycodone.

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.

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.

Marlow recently pled guilty to criminal charges in federal court in Kentucky for prescribing controlled substances outside of what was considered medically appropriate.

Zoeller said the Indiana General Assembly recently passed Senate Enrolled Act 246, authored by State Sen. Ron Groom (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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Contact Information:
Name: Erin Reece
Phone: 317.232.0168
Email: Erin.Reece@atg.in.gov
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