Madison County Dr. Frank Campbell Suspended for Unsafe Prescribing Practices
The Indianapolis Star reports that a doctor in Madison County, Indiana has been suspended after a Medical Licensing Board hearing regarding an ongoing investigation after he allegedly over-prescribed controlled substances to a number of patients, leading to multiple overdoses of methadone, hydrocodone and morphine.
Dr. Frank Campbell has been accused of running a pill-mill, prescribing these narcotics to patients who did not require controlled substances, nor did he examine them all before prescribing the medications. Campbell not only admitted to these charges, but also admitted to the fact that he had signed multiple blank prescription pads and left them in the charge of his nurse practitioners and medical staff so they could prescribe controlled substances while he was away from the office.
Investigators have discovered that 31 patients who were receiving prescriptions from Dr. Campbell and his staff had died as a result of overdose or other drug-related causes since January of 2009.
Although Dr. Campbell is not facing criminal charges, he faced a disciplinary hearing this week before the Medical Licensing Board where his license was suspended indefinitely. From January 1st, 2009 until March 11th of 2013, 3.6 million pills were prescribed out of Dr. Campbell’s office. During this time span, Dr. Campbell only worked part-time, but records show that prescriptions were written even on days of the week when he was not there.
For more information on the hearing and the ongoing investigation into Dr. Campbell’s practices, you can follow along with the Indy Star as they give us updates.
Our medical malpractice attorneys are experienced in cases of unsafe prescription practices such as that of Wagoner Medical Center in Kokomo as well as Dr. Hedrick of Fort Wayne. If you or a loved one were harmed by any of the unsafe prescribing practices Dr. Campbell used, call Attorney Jason R. Reese at Wagner Reese Law Firm for a Free Consultation.