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Dec 13, 2013 5:15 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Local Doctor Stopped From Giving Out Meds

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas Medical Board has stopped a local doctor from giving out any pain medication.

Dr. Judson Somerville was already in trouble with the Board after it found he wasn't keeping adequate records to treat some patients.

Somerville's practice has been under watch by the Board.

He's already had complaints filed against him.

Now, the Board has found that he violated standards of care with at least 36 patients.

The Board investigators say Dr. Somerville was pre-signing prescriptions before they were even filled out by his staff, and some prescriptions were for controlled substances.

Because of that, he's been prohibited from giving out any medication until the Board investigates further.

That puts residents like Sue Weber's father in a tough position.

He and other patients found out today that Dr. Somerville won't be able to give them pain medications they need.

"Now he sits here along with 45 other patients up there that he's (Somerville) got stuffed in his office. And none of them are going to get their medications today. No prescriptions, medications to make their pain go away," Weber says.

Weber tells us her father was a patient of Dr. Ryan Potter's before Dr. Somerville.

You may recall we did a story on Potter. He was recently cleared of some pretty serious charges by the Texas Medical Board.

But, while he was under investigation, many patients like Weber's father had to go to other doctors.

That's how he ended up with Somerville.


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