Gov. Steve Beshear is in a position to reshape a state medical board that has played a central and controversial role in recent efforts to crack down on prescription drug abuse. Mike Wynn of The Courier-Journal reports that the terms of three members of the Kentucky Medical Licensure Board expired Aug. 31, and two other members’ terms await action after ending last year.
The licensure board drew criticism in 2011 "for not taking more aggressive action against so-called pill mills and corrupt doctors who supply Kentucky’s drug epidemic," Wynn writes. "The medical industry also has criticized the board in recent months for writing what doctors view as overly complex and excessive prescription regulations under HB 1, a landmark bill from the 2012 General Assembly that takes aim at abuse of drugs."
Beshear spokeswoman Kerri Richardson said the appointments are under review but did not indicate how the governor might proceed other than noting that he will consider qualifications and recommendations. Current board members serve until Beshear makes any new appointments. (Read more)