Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Another Pain Clinic Doctor Loses License

Another Roland pain clinic doctor will no longer be able to practice in Oklahoma. Dr. George B. Howell, 80, lost his license Thursday when the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision voted 8 to 0 to revoke his license.

Howell represented himself at the hearing and told the media, "As far as I'm concerned, the physicians that sit on the board and look down their noses at me probably don't know anything about chronic pain management-probably not a one of them."

The board noted that a patient died from an overdose of pain pills a day after seeing Howell. The patient had needle marks on the arms, legs and feet, which suggested IV drug use. The prosecution pointed out that at least four of Howell's patients died from drug overdoses and three others died under "suspicious circumstances."

The prosecutor argued that Howell did not practice responsible medicine and prescribed thousands of prescriptions for oxycodone, hydrocodone, Xanax, and other powerful drugs. Assistant Attorney General Jason Seay said the number of dosages prescribed was 3,511,053. "That's how many dosages of CDS came out of just one pharmacy in Arkansas for 38,160 prescriptions prescribed by the defendant," Seay said. 

Howell said he will either retire or practice in another state where he still has a license.

In May, Dr. Roland V. Myers Sr., who also practiced out of the same Roland clinic, surrendered his license rather than be prosecuted for over prescribing narcotics.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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