McAlester doctor suspended from practicing at clinic

Wednesday, October 1st 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) _ A doctor accused of getting drugs with fraudulent prescriptions has been charged with seven felonies and suspended from practicing at a clinic.

Kathryn A. Hall, a McAlester neurologist, was charged Tuesday in Pittsburg County District Court with seven counts of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud.

Each count is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Hall, 41, pleaded innocent to the charges through her attorney, Don Hackler.

Hall, a graduate of Oklahoma State University, has worked at The Warren Clinic since August 1995, according to a clinic spokeswoman.

Dr. Dwain Doyle, medical director of the clinic, said Hall has been suspended from practicing at the clinic.

The district attorney's narcotics task force arrested Hall after she allegedly picked up a prescription for a narcotic pain medication from a pharmacy Monday.

Court documents allege Hall presented a prescription for the drug in the name of a former patient.

The former patient did not know abut the prescription, according to court records.

Hall allegedly presented similar prescriptions, in the same patient's name, on Sept. 25, Sept. 22, Sept. 15, Sept. 7, Sept. 3 and Aug. 28.