HOUSTON, TX — A Houston area physician accused of operating an
unlicensed pain clinic has been suspended by the Texas Medical Board.
Myrtle Oates license was suspended on Feb. 9 without notice after a
disciplinary panel determined her continuation in the practice of
medicine poses a continuing threat to public welfare. The suspension was
Oates was operating an unregistered pain
management clinic and a recent review of her electronic prescribing
information determined a site visit to obtain patient records was
Records showed patients were paying $250 to $400 in
cash for visits and that patients were receiving a combination of
cocktail drugs including opioids and carisoprodol, according to a press
release from the Texas Medical Board.
The suspension will remain in place until the board takes further action.
Oates, a licensed gynecologist, was the center of a criminal investigation in 2016 involving a suspected pill mill operation, KPRC reported.
She was arrested on felony charges for prescribing narcotics without proper licensing, police said.