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March 18, 2013

State seeks to suspend Wagoner doctors

Attorney general says patient deaths linked to clinic

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According to a press statement released by Zoeller’s office Monday, the licensing board has discretion over medical license suspensions.

Armed with search warrants, officers from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Kokomo Police Department raided the Burlington and Kokomo clinics Feb. 7, carrying off boxes of documents.

Dennis Wichern, special agent at the DEA’s Indianapolis office, declined to discuss reasons for the raid, citing an ongoing investigation. The probable cause affidavits supporting those search warrants remain sealed.

The first details in the investigation were provided Monday by the attorney general’s office.

Both Wagoners, Terpstra and Brewer are accused of prescribing multiple drugs to patients that can be unsafe when combined as prescribed, unusually high pill counts, and a preference for prescribing narcotics that are highly valued for resale by drug dealers.

The complaint also alleges the doctors pre-signed prescription pads “for unrestricted distribution to patients by nurse practitioners and physician assistants employed at Wagoner Medical Center.”

Officers from the DEA and the Kokomo Drug Task Force said Monday the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the drug task force at 765-456-7204.

Scott Smith can be reached at 765-454-8569 or at scott.smith@kokomotribune.com.

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