Oklahoma City psychiatrist fined $25K for letting students write prescriptions

A longtime Oklahoma City psychiatrist was fined $25,000 and placed on probation for allowing students to write prescriptions for potentially dangerous controlled substances.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: May 16, 2013 at 9:23 pm •  Published: May 17, 2013

A longtime Oklahoma City psychiatrist was fined $25,000 and placed on probation Thursday for allowing students to write prescriptions for potentially dangerous medications.

Dr. Haisam Al-Khouri was disciplined during the Oklahoma Medical Board's monthly meeting in Oklahoma City, along with one of his former subordinates.

In addition to the five-digit fine, Al-Khouri was placed on 30 months' probation and will not be allowed to supervise students studying to become physician assistants.

According to board documents, Al-Khouri allowed students from the University of Oklahoma physician assistant program to write prescriptions for controlled medications in his absence, beginning in early 2010.

One of those students, Mebin Thomas, was fined $5,000 after he went to work for Al-Khouri and continued the practice of writing prescriptions on pre-signed pads.

Records also show that Thomas lied to investigators but later told the truth and offered his assistance.

Thomas was not placed on probation but was given a formal reprimand that will follow him throughout his career in medicine.

Work with students

Al-Khouri entered into an agreement with OU's physician assistant program in late 2009 to serve as a kind of mentor — called a “preceptor” — to students as they completed their degrees.

Board documents show that beginning in February 2010, at least four other students, not including Thomas, were given pre-signed prescription pads so they could essentially treat patients while Al-Khouri was not in the office.

Records show that Al-Khouri was working at three clinics in 2010. Two of them were in Oklahoma City and the other was in Ada.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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