Jeff. doctor continues to operate after Ind. attorney general opens investigation

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by Karma Dickerson

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 4 at 10:34 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A Kentuckiana doctor continues to operate after the attorney general’s office reveals she is under investigation.  On Monday the Indiana Attorney General's Office petitioned for an emergency 90 day suspension against Dr. Lea Marlow while they investigate her prescription practices. 

According to the petition, since January Dr. Marlow has prescribed more than 8,000 prescriptions to nearly 3,500 patients and 95 percent of the prescriptions were for Oxycodone. The attorney general's office say a legitimate pain management plan would typically include options such as physical therapy and counseling as well.

“That raised red flags with us that there wasn't individualized treatment for the patients but that everyone virtually is receiving the same exact same treatment of the same prescriptions”, Gabrielle Owens, with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, said.

Dr. Marlow works the Clark County Wellness Center on Maple Street in Jeffersonville and for months residents who live near the clinic have wanted it closed.

“We've just not been happy with the clientele, within the first week my home was broken into, we've just been really persistent in trying to make it known, we're not happy with them in our neighborhood," neighbor Tim Flynn said.

"I think everyone in Jeffersonville would be happy to see this business close," Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said.

A hearing will take place Thursday, Dec. 6. If the medical licensing board grants the suspension Dr. Marlow will not be allowed to practice medicine for 90 days and during that time the attorney general's office will file a formal complaint against her.
 

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