Clark County doctor's license under review after high amount of Oxycodone prescriptions

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 4 at 12:23 AM

(WHAS11) --  A Kentuckiana doctor is being investigated for the number of prescriptions she's giving out. Today the Indiana Attorney General's Office filed an emergency suspension against have Dr. Lea Marlow to have her license revoked.

According to the attorney general's office, 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.

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.

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

The clinic has stirred up controversy since it opened its doors in July. Residents worried the clinic was a pill mill-a place giving out illegal prescriptions, and word of this investigation came as no surprise for those who live nearby.

"This is nothing short of predators seeking out addicts who really need help...they don't need somebody that's going to feed that addiction," Donna Spence said.

A hearing will take place this 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.

Dr. Marlow could not be reached for comment.

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