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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
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The investigation concluded the students were writing prescriptions for controlled substances that can be potentially dangerous to patients, including Xanax and Adderall.

One of those students, identified in board documents as Phil Burke, reported back to his college instructors that Al-Khouri had been leaving pre-signed prescriptions with the students. Burke even had some of the prescriptions in his pocket when he spoke to his instructors, records show.

Other students told board investigators they felt uncomfortable when told they had to write prescriptions to patients without supervision.

Grades threatened

One student, identified as Amber Haynes, told Al-Khouri how she felt, but received a stern response.

“With respect to prescriptions for Xanax, she began to withhold these prescriptions until she got (Al-Khouri's) final approval to issue them,” a complaint filed against the doctor states.

“At that point, (Al-Khouri) told her that this practice ... ‘would affect her grade,' so she did as he instructed and issued the prescriptions.”

Burke did a rotation in Al-Khouri's clinic in August 2010. The next month, board documents show, investigators received “information that (Al-Khouri) was leaving blank pre-signed prescriptions for use by his unlicensed staff, his nurses, as well as by the PA students in his absence.”

Daniel McNeill, director of OU's physician assistant program, said the university stopped using Al-Khouri as a preceptor “sometime in 2010 or 2011.”

McNeill declined to comment further on the matter, citing a desire to protect the privacy of students.

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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