- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa regulators have fined a Chariton doctor $3,000 and banned him from treating patients with chronic pain following allegations that he over-prescribed painkillers.

The allegations stem from Dr. David Marcowitz’s former practice in Moline, Illinois, The Des Moines Register reported (http://dmreg.co/1BKctOe ). Marcowitz has also practiced in Chariton in south-central Iowa since 2012.

Iowa Board of Medicine documents released Friday say Marcowitz failed to report that that he surrendered his Illinois license in 2013 after officials there found that he overprescribed addictive painkillers and sedatives to a patient without assessing the man for signs of drug abuse.

Illinois authorities alleged that the patient was injecting himself and his pregnant girlfriend with the medications, and was selling them to other drug abusers, three of whom died.

Marcowitz was also accused of loosely providing a prescription weight-loss drug to office staff members, seeing 40 to 55 patients - most seeking pain medication - a day, and keeping addictive medication in an unsecured cabinet.

His lawyer, David Brown of Des Moines, said Friday that the Iowa board’s punishment is unfair and that the doctor might appeal the ruling in district court.

Marcowitz testified last month before the board that disgruntled former employees made false allegations about him and that his staff in Chariton filled out his 2014 application for renewal of his Iowa drug-prescribing permit, incorrectly marking “no” answer to a question about whether he’d faced discipline in other states.

The Iowa board said it didn’t find Marcowitz’s defense credible.

“The board noted that respondent’s lack of candor and past behavior raise serious concerns about the protection of the public in Iowa,” the order said.

Besides the fine, Marcowitz also was ordered to serve five years’ probation and have his work monitored by another doctor.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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