Licensing board restores doctor’s prescribing privileges
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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