NC Medical Board reacts after Rowan Co. doctor loses license

NC Medical Board reacts after Rowan Co. doctor loses license

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by AMY COWMAN / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on June 6, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 6 at 6:41 PM

CLEVELAND, N.C. – The North Carolina Medical Board announced Dr. John Findley Barr had his license was pulled Monday following accusations he prescribed patients dangerous amounts of narcotics for the past six years. 

In the detailed 11-page file are three reports that his patients died, so NewsChannel 36 went looking for answers Wednesday.

“Carolina Family Medicine has no affiliation with Dr Barr.  We are here to serve the patients he used to serve but he is not affiliated with our practice in any way," said Codey Brown with Carolina Family Medicine and Urgent Care.
 
There's a new practice in Cleveland where Dr. John Findley Barr used to see patients at the Cleveland Medical Center.
 
"The board takes matter like this very seriously and the action, the summary suspension is a very serious action.  It's basically an emergency action.  It takes the licensee out of practice immediately," said Dena Konkel with the North Carolina Medical Board.
 
But concern over Dr. Barr's practice dates back to 2006, according to a report out by the NC Medical Board when they ordered him to take a prescribing course after allegations he prescribed medications to people seeking or even selling drugs and to those who may have died from overdoses.
 
NewsChannel 36 asked the board why it took six years to hold Dr. Barr accountable.
 
"If a licensee shows a willingness to improve and cooperate with the board during an investigation, the board may work with the licensee to remediate, rather than punish," added Konkel.
 
But in 2008 when the Board conducted a follow-up chart review with Dr. Barr's patients, they found he hadn't cleaned up his act, yet he was given more remediation.
 
"It's not unusual for the Board to invite physicians to attend what we call investigative interviews and it's an opportunity for the Board and licensee to sit down and discuss any concerns the board may have," noted Konkel.
 
But it wasn't until three years later and reports of three patients deaths that the board has now punished Dr Barr and he is no longer able to practice.
 
Dr. Barr was technically allowed to reapply for his license on Tuesday, just one day after suspension, but the Board said they could not reveal if he is going through that process.

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