The Texas Medical Board entered an Automatic Suspension Order against Dr. Bruce Robin McFarland, of Corpus Christi, on March 16 after determining that Dr. McFarland had violated a previous disciplinary order.

According to information provided by the Texas Medical Board, the November 30, 2007, Agreed Order required, among other provisions, that Dr. McFarland submit to random alcohol and drug screenings to ensure abstinence from alcohol and other prohibited substances, and provided that any violation could result in an automatic suspension of his license.

Dr. McFarland reportedly tested positive for the consumption of alcohol in late December 2008, resulting in the automatic suspension that will remain in effect until the board takes further action.