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Texas Medical Board suspends license of Marble Falls doctor



AUSTIN — The Texas Medical Board temporarily suspended the Texas medical license of a Marble Falls physician who is facing felony drug charges.

The board suspended Dr. Barlow Smith’s license April 3. The action went into immediate effect.

In January, a Burnet County Grand Jury indicted Smith, 84, on three counts of fraud-delivery of a controlled substance/prescription. According to the indictment, Smith allegedly provided or prescribed prescription drugs to two different people for “other than valid medical” purposes.

In a Texas Medical Board news release, officials stated the disciplinary panel made the decision “after determining his continuation in the practice of medicine poses a continuing threat to public welfare.”

On Nov. 6, 2013, Drug Enforcement Administration agents and TMB staff raided Smith’s Marble Falls office. According to the medical board, the agents and staff found 13 pre-signed official prescription blanks in Smith’s office.

The doctor’s staff told investigators Barlow kept pre-signed official prescription blanks in his office, according to the news release.

The board’s investigation also turned up charts for 12 of Barlow’s patients that were reviewed by an expert who found numerous and serious standard-of-care violations.

According to the indictment, Smith provided or prescribed Phentermine on April 1, 2013, to one individual. The document added he allegedly delivered or prescribed the same drug to another individual on April 29, 2013, as well as Hydrocodone to that person on May 15, 2013.

The grand jury also indicted Stephanie Marie Dokupil, 32, on three similar charges.

This isn’t Smith’s first run-in with law enforcement and the Texas Medical Board. In April 2010, a Burnet County Grand Jury indicted Smith on sexual assault by a healthcare service provider for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a patient he was treating. In May 2011, a grand jury indicted him on the same charge for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a different patient.

Both charges were eventually dismissed in the spring of 2012.

But the Texas Medical Board did publicly reprimand Smith over the first allegations.

The current suspension remains in place until the board takes further action.