Blytheville Doctor Responds After License Revoked

BLYTHEVILLE, AR--A Blytheville doctor lost her license to practice last week. Now, that doctor and some of her patients are speaking out.

The state medical board cited inadequate patient record keeping, excessive prescriptions, prescribing drugs while in the hospital and to patients who abuse alcohol and narcotics as reasons to revoke Dr. Judith Butler's license.

Butler has practiced medicine for over 25 years.

"My contribution has been to the poor, underserved and the under diagnosed," said Butler.

A few years ago arthritis put her in a wheelchair, but that hasn't stopped her practice.

"I probably only take care of 200 to 300 patients and they happen to be the poorest of the poor and the sickest of the sick," said Butler.

However the state medical board has revoked her license because they felt she prescribed excessive amounts of drugs to at least five patients. It's something she says is just untrue.

"There were not any of them that were not sick and didn't deserve their medication," said Butler.

In one of those cases the patient died, but Dr. Butler doesn't feel the death should be pinned on her.

"The cause of death is written as undetermined by the state coroner. That's all I can say. I had seen just at his third visit," said Butler.

For patients like Michael Holbrooks, who suffers with spinalitis, he says Butler actually cut his prescription usage by more than half and her compassion is what sets her apart for other doctors.

"When she saw my medical records, she absolutely cried," said Holbrooks.

A number of the patients we spook with are dealing with constant chronic pain and for many of them Butler is the only doctor who will see them, so now they wonder what they will do next.

"The tests have to be run. If they have no money, no insurance and no doctor to see them, what's it coming to," said Holbrooks.

Dr. Butler feels as if she is being blackballed by an overzealous state trooper and some members of the local medical community.

"They want me to go away. Fact is there have been several times I have been offered go back to Nebraska and we'll stop all of this," said Butler.

In the meantime, she plans to appeal the state medical board's decision. Dr. Butler is working with her remaining patients to find them free clinics to help with their medical needs.