"Pill Queen" Loses License

May 16, 2013

Lee Ann Marlow’s vanity plate may provide a clue about how she came to lose her medical license. It read “Tilulae Regina,” which Marlow later testified is Latin for “pill queen.” Marlow, a physician with ties to a now-closed Georgetown pain-management clinic, was stripped of her Kentucky medical license on May 2 by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.

Her medical licenses in Indiana and Kentucky have been suspended since December after that state’s attorney general closed down a pain-management clinic in Jeffersonville, Ind.

The Georgetown clinic, Central Kentucky Bariatric & Pain Management, closed down last summer after a new state law prohibited non-physicians from owning pain clinics.

Its owner – who also owned the Jeffersonville clinic where Marlow also worked – currently faces federal charges for operating a “pill mill” that dispensed millions of oxycodone pills in less than two years of operation.

According to KBML records, Marlow began working at the Georgetown clinic in February 2012. She started working at the Jeffersonville clinic about the time CKB&PM shut down in July.

KBML records show that during 2012, Marlow allegedly wrote 8,003 prescriptions to 3,489 patients in Kentucky and Indiana.

In all, Marlow’s prescriptions account for 590,499 tablets, including 477,992 for the narcotic oxycodone, the KBML alleged.

The board’s ruling does not say how many were written in Georgetown and how many were in Indiana.

It based part of its findings on information that came out in testimony before the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana. The testimony established that Marlow did not accept payments from insurance companies or government entitlement programs. Only cash was acceptable.

Marlow’s patients were, for the most part, from out of state, according to the Indiana testimony cited by the KBML. The prescriptions were not filled in Indiana.

She testified before the Indiana licensure board that her license plate was Latin for “pill queen,” KBML records show.

“The licensee practices largely opiate-centric pain management. Although she contends that not all of her patients receive controlled substance for pain management, she was unable to identify what percentage of her patients receive non-opiate-centric treatment,” KBML records state.

Will Singleton of Springfield, who owned CKB&PM and Grant County Wellness Center in Dry Ridge, was indicted on more than a dozen charges earlier this year by a federal grand jury in Lexington.