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Albany doctor, wife arrested on drug charges

ALBANY, Ga. -- An Albany physician and his wife were arrested Friday afternoon for possession of the Schedule II pain drug endocet, Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit Maj. Bill Berry said.

Dr. John Temple Phillips IV, 37, and his wife, Amy Phillips, 33, were arrested for possession of what Berry described as "a large amount" of the drug. After questioning, the couple were booked into the Dougherty County Jail, he added.

The couple were released Friday on $10,000 bond each, a jail spokeswoman said.

"We picked her up around 1:30 p.m. at the drug store at Seventh Avenue and Palmyra after a pharmacist called us," Berry said. "He (the pharmacist) said the prescription from him (Phillips) was out of date or inaccurate."

Once Amy Phillips was in custody, her husband turned himself in, Berry said.

According to the website webmd.com, "This combination medication is used to help relieve moderate to severe pain. It contains a narcotic pain reliever (oxycodone) and a non-narcotic pain reliever (acetaminophen). Oxycodone works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen can also reduce a fever."