News and Tribune

May 10, 2013

Former Jeffersonville pain management clinic doctor loses license in Kentucky

By BRADEN LAMMERS
braden.lammers@newsandtribune.com

LOUISVILLE — The doctor accused of overprescribing pain medications while working at a Jeffersonville pain management clinic has had her medical license revoked in Kentucky.

Dr. Lea Ann Marlow’s medical license in Kentucky was revoked May 2 by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.

According to the order of revocation, a complaint filed in February was reviewed by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure and a hearing on the complaint was held last month. Marlow did not file any exceptions to the complaint, nor did she appear before the board at the hearing in April.

The revocation of Marlow’s license in Kentucky was a result of her medical license being suspended in Indiana.

“The complaint asserts that the Indiana Board’s suspension was based upon the determination that Marlow and the Clark County Wellness Center where she worked, ‘do not appear to be engaged in the legitimate practice of medicine,’ and that her prescriptions of oxycodone do ‘not appear to meet minimum standards of acceptable pain management practices,’” according to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure case.

Following a complaint filed by Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office in December, the Indiana Medical Licensing Board suspended Marlow’s license.

Her suspension in Indiana was based on Marlow allegedly prescribing more than 8,000 prescriptions for 3,489 patients — with more than 95 percent receiving oxycodone, from January 2012 to December. All of Marlow’s patients received nearly identical treatment in the form of oxycodone and diazepam prescriptions and payment from private insurance companies or government entitlement programs was not accepted, instead the business operated on a “cash-only” basis.

The prescriptions were being written out of the Clark County Wellness Center, 526 E. Maple St. in Jeffersonville. The business was shut down after Marlow’s license was suspended in Kentucky, resulting in the business no longer conforming to a city ordinance, in which it received a grandfathered dispensation.

The owner of the former Jeffersonville pain management clinic, Ernest William Singleton, had previously owned a pain management clinic in Kentucky where Marlow was employed.

Singleton, Double D Holdings, LLC and S & R Medical Enterprise, LLC, formerly owned and operated Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management Center in Georgetown, Ky., where Marlow worked. When Kentucky strengthened its laws regulating pain management clinics, Singleton moved his operations to Jeffersonville.

Singleton was arrested and indicted for prescription drug and money laundering conspiracies in Kentucky earlier this year. A trial date for Singleton is expected sometime this summer.

Marlow’s license remains on emergency suspension in Indiana until the Indiana Medical Licensing Board, which is scheduled to meet June 27, reaches a final decision.

She has 30 days to appeal the decision to revoke her medical license in Kentucky.