Roundup and reactions to the latest charges against Mark and David Geier

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Here’s a quick roundup of the coverage of the most recent charges against Mark and David Geier, the father-and-son team that promote an expensive, unproven therapy for children with autism that involves injections of a powerful drug used to chemically castrate sex offenders. (Back in late April, the state of Maryland suspended Mark Geier’s medical license; earlier this week, David Geier was charged with practicing medicine without a license.)

The most comprehensive piece is by Kathleen Seidel, who also wrote the first series of investigative reports shedding light on the Geiers and their practices. Her piece, “Maryland authorities charge ‘Lupron protocol’ promoters with unprofessional conduct, unlicensed practice of medicine,” is at neurodiversity.com.

The Chicago Tribune‘s Trine Tsouderos, who also did an excellent piece on the Geiers back in 2009, weighs in with “Maryland physician board charges promoter of dangerous autism therapy.” Tsouderos notes that in addition to charging David Geier with practicing medicine without a license, the Maryland Board of Physicians filed new charges against Mark Geier, including “aiding an unauthorized person in the practice of medicine,” “failing to meet the standard of quality care” and “unprofessional conduct.” Tsouderos also unpacks some more of the evidence the board used in its deliberations:

Another case detailed in the charges involves a detailed treatment plan for an 8-year-old girl with autism, allegedly written by Geier.

The plan, he allegedly wrote, was to start two types of Lupron injections, plus another hormone suppressor, a sleep aid, B12, vitamin D and a drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an extremely rare genetic disorder called primary carnitine deficiency.

The board also noted that in online forums, parents often were confused about whether Geier was a physician and spoke of him as if he were, describing how he allegedly tweaked their children’s medications or explained medical information on the phone.

One parent is reported as writing: “I had found out in August that David is not a doctor, but it is already a habit for me to call him Dr. Geier … by the time I ‘untrain myself,’ he will probably be one! LOL!”

A few weeks back, the Broward New Times editorialized about the embarrassing role politicians and patronage play in all of this in “Governors in the castration business.”

The Washington Post takes the straightforward route with “Doctor’s son charged with illicit practice.”

And the Maryland Community Gazette rounds things off with “State medical board: North Bethesda doctor remains a threat.”

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