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Indiana revokes license of pain clinic doctor

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Former site of the Clark County Wellness Center in Jeffersonville, IN Former site of the Clark County Wellness Center in Jeffersonville, IN

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – The medical license of a southern Indiana doctor has been revoked because state officials said she used unsafe prescribing practices.

Dr. Lea Marlow had worked at the now-closed Clark County Wellness Center. A complaint was filed in February against Marlow by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office. The complaint filed by the state said the Clark County Wellness Center operated as a "cash-only" business and did not accept payment from private insurance companies or government entitlement programs.

The licensing complaint stated Marlow prescribed more than 8,000 prescriptions in 2012 for 3,489 patients in the last year. More than 95 percent of those patients received oxycodone.

During a June 27 meeting in Indianapolis, Marlow's medical license, which had been on temporary suspension since December 2012, was revoked. She will be unable to practice medicine or petition 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," said Zoeller. "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."

In February 2012, Marlow worked for Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management. In July 2012, new regulations regarding pain clinics went into effect in Kentucky that required any pain clinic be owned and operated by a board certified, licensed physician. The petition stated Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management clinic then closed and reopened in Indiana as the Clark County Wellness Center in Indiana. Marlow began prescribing medications there in August 2012.

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

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