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December 13, 2013

Testimony sheds light on health center operations

Medical licensing board testimony continues Jan. 22

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INDIANAPOLIS —

She told the board she was unaware that Indiana law required prescriptions to be signed by the examining doctor on the day of a visit.

Virginia Maher, who came to the health center to administer a midwife program, said there was a “level of dysfunction” in the center’s leadership. She said, “The CEO made all the decisions whether he knew what was happening on our level or not.”

She said she referred to the health center as “Lorax station” because patients could come in and receive prescriptions for Lortab, a pain medication, and Xanax, a drug that treats anxiety. She said those two drugs were among the most prescribed at the center.

Sharon McNeany, a behavioral psychologist at the center, said Campbell was astute in knowing “what was going on medically” with patients.

“His medical knowledge has been invaluable in the growth of our department in providing behavioral services,” McNeany said.

In August, the Indiana Attorney General’s office filed a complaint against Campbell with the medical licensing board. The complaint followed a May 10, 2013, interview of Campbell by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration at the health center.

During the interview, Campbell reportedly admitted that he allowed physician assistants to write prescriptions for controlled substances using Campbell’s DEA permit and his Indiana Controlled Substance registration number. Campbell pre-signed the prescription pads for the assistants to use when he was not seeing patients, according to the complaint.

Campbell told the DEA he trusted the assistants’ judgment when it came to prescribing controlled substances.

Campbell surrendered his DEA permit to prescribe controlled substances during the May 10 interview. That, in turn, forced him to surrender his Indiana Controlled Substance registration.

Contact Scott L. Miley at scott.miley@heraldbulletin.com or 648-4230.

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