Rowan Co. doctor loses license over improper pills

Rowan Co. doctor loses license over improper pills

Rowan Co. doctor loses license over improper pills

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by CALEB TROOP / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 6 at 8:51 AM

CLEVELAND, N.C. -- A Rowan County doctor had his license suspended from the North Carolina Medical Board after it said he has been falsely prescribing medications to patients for years.

Dr. John Findley Barr, who practiced at the Cleveland Medical Center and has been a doctor for nearly three decades, handed out excessive prescriptions of OxyContin and Roxicodone, among other substances, the Board stated in an 11-page report.

"In 2006, the Board began to have concerns with the quality of care delivered by Dr. Barr to his patients," the report states.

He was required to complete a prescribing course at Vanderbilt University, but in late 2008 the Board said it found that Dr. Barr "continued to practice medicine in a manner that departed from acceptable and prevailing standards of medical practice."

The Board said in the report that Dr. Barr's behavior didn't change despite warnings and required classes and exercises.  Police said Dr. Barr gave Xanax and other amphetamines to a man who then turned around and gave them to young women for sexual favors.

"A local pharmacist reported that she believed Dr. Barr was prescribing excessive amounts of controlled substances to known drug seekers and that some of these individuals resided over 70 miles away," the report added. 

One recipient may have died from an overdose, an area physician told the Board during the investigation.

The Board said Dr. Barr often helped patients refill prescriptions unscheduled and in unusually large doses, and the report lists six unidentified patients as examples of Dr. Barr's malpractice.

Dr. Barr had been licensed by the board since 1982.

Click here to read the full report.
 

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