State Medical Board Inconsistent on Disciplinary Actions

Before being accused of bombing the car of the chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board, Dr. Randeep Mann of Russellville was accused of over-prescribing medications that led to the deaths of 10 of his patients.

Yet he is still a licensed physician in Arkansas while doctors whose transgressions seem far less serious - having a consensual affair with a patient that led to marriage, for instance - have had their licenses yanked.

Arkansas Business reviewed the board's files on several doctors and found startling inconsistencies in the way doctors are held accountable, a situation that the Arkansas Supreme Court described as "arbitrary and capricious" in one case and which other researchers found to be common across the country.

Click below to read our package of stories on the medical board in this week's Arkansas Business:

Medical Board Inconsistent on Disciplinary Actions 

Mann Retained License Despite Deaths - Having his drug-prescribing privileges suspended allegedly prompted Dr. Randeep Mann to detonate a car bomb that nearly killed the chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board. In hindsight, the fact that the board never stripped Mann of his medical license - despite 10 dead patients and at least one allegation that he traded drugs for sex - makes his punishment seem lenient.

Medical Board Accused of Enforcing 'Conspiracy of Silence' - In a 2008 case before the Arkansas Medical Board, Dr. Lonnie Harrison was apparently denied the return of his license at least in part because he helped prove a malpractice complaint against another doctor.

State Sen. Steve Faris Raises Concerns Over Pay for Medical Board's AttorneyDuring the 2009 legislative session, Arkansas state Sen. Steve Faris sought to prevent a private attorney from representing the Arkansas State Medical Board. "I just thought we were spending too much on contract attorneys," he said.