Covering Kentucky

Sep 8, 2012 4:44 PM

Governor Weighing Appointments To Medical Board

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has five appointments to make that could reshape a state medical board that has played a controversial role in efforts to crack down on prescription drug abuse.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/TAWJnJ ) reports that all five of the members whose terms are up are continuing to serve until Beshear makes a decision. That's a normal occurrence on state boards and commissions.

Three members of the Kentucky Medical Licensure Board had terms that expired Aug. 31. Two other members' terms are awaiting action after ending last year.

Beshear spokeswoman Kerri Richardson says the appointments are under review.

The licensure board drew criticism last year for not taking more aggressive action against so-called pill mills and corrupt doctors who supply Kentucky's drug epidemic.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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