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Licensing board restores doctor’s prescribing privileges

By: - June 11, 2021 1:55 pm

The Iowa Board of Medicine has restored the prescribing privileges of a doctor accused last year of inappropriate pain management. (Photo: Iowa Board of Medicine)

The Iowa Board of Medicine has restored the prescribing privileges of a doctor accused last year of inappropriate pain management.

In May 2020, the board entered into a settlement agreement with Dr. Ted P. George, a 66-year-old Iowa-licensed physician who practiced family medicine in Pocahontas, Iowa.

The Board had alleged that George failed to provide appropriate pain management to multiple patients for five years between 2015 and 2019, in violation of state law. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the board ordered George to pay a $2,500 civil penalty, and prohibited him from prescribing, administering or dispensing controlled substances for the treatment of chronic pain.

The board also ordered George to successfully complete a board-approved recordkeeping course and to participate in audits of his controlled-substance prescribing for a period of two years.

Last week, one year into the agreement, the board voted to issue an amended order terminating the prohibition on George prescribing, administering or dispensing controlled substances for chronic pain.

The board says it will continue to audit George’s controlled-substance prescribing.

In an unrelated action, the board also imposed a $1,000 civil penalty against Laura Parkinson, a 43-year-old Iowa-licensed acupuncturist who practices in Ankeny.

Parkinson entered into a settlement agreement with the board after the board alleged she engaged in an “inappropriate relationship with a current patient” while acting as an acupuncturist. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the board issued Parkinson a warning and imposed the civil penalty.

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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.

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