In 2015, Michael Uzick, N.D. signed a consent agreement under which he was reprimanded for unprofessional conduct. The agreement states that from October 2013 through April 21, 2014, Uzick intravenously administered Ukrain that he had obtained from a source that was not registered with the FDA or compounded by a pharmacy licensed with Arizona Board of Pharmacy. The reprimand was triggered by a complaint from former naturopath Britt Marie Hermes that Uzick had been importing and administering Ukrain. Uzick’s Web site states that he specializes in “integrative oncology” and is “certified in naturopathic oncology.” However, the American Board of Medical Specialties does it recognize such specialty or certification. Uzick’s site states that in addition to “specific chemotherapeutic agents and or radiotherapy a patient may be undergoing,” his offerings include intravenous high-dose vitamin C, mistletoe, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, circadian rhythms, immune enhancement, and detoxification. I don’t believe any of these modalities are effective against cancer.
THOMAS C. HORNE
Firm State Bar No. 14000
ELIZABETH A. CAMPBELL
Assistant Attorney General
State Bar No. 018311
1275 W. Washington, CIV/LES
Phoenix, Arizona 85007-2997
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BEFORE THE ARIZONA NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS
In the Matter of:
MICHAEL UZICK, N.D.
Holder of License No. 01-624
Board Case No. 14-006
In the interest of a prompt and judicious settlement of this case, consistent with the public interest, statutory requirements and the responsibilities of the Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (“Board”) under A.R.S. § 32-1501, et. seq., Michael Uzick (“Respondent”), holder of Naturopathic Physician License No. 01-624 in the State of Arizona, and the Board enter into the following Recitals, Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order (”Consent Agreement”) as a final disposition of this matter.
1. Respondent has read and understands this Consent Agreement and has had the opportunity to discuss this Consent Agreement with an attorney, or has waived the opportunity to discuss this Consent Agreement with an attorney.
2. Respondent understands that he has a right to a public administrative hearing concerning the above-captioned matter, at which hearing he could present evidence and cross examine witnesses. By entering into this Consent Agreement, Respondent knowingly and voluntarily relinquishes all right to such an administrative hearing, as well as rights of rehearing, review, reconsideration, appeal, judicial review or any other administrative and/or judicial action, concerning the matters set forth herein.
3. Respondent affirmatively agrees that this Consent Agreement shall be irrevocable.
4. Respondent understands that this Consent Agreement or any part of the agreement may be considered in any future disciplinary action by the Board against him.
5. Respondent understands this Consent Agreement deals with Board Case No. 14-006 involving allegations of unprofessional conduct against Respondent. The investigation into these allegations against Respondent shall be concluded upon the Board’s adoption of this Consent Agreement.
6. Respondent understands that this Consent Agreement does not constitute a dismissal or resolution of any other matters currently pending before the Board, if any, and does not constitute any waiver, express or implied, of the Board’s statutory authority or jurisdiction regarding any other pending or future investigation, action or proceeding.
7. Respondent also understands that acceptance of this Consent Agreement does not preclude any other agency, subdivision, or officer of this State from instituting any other civil or criminal proceedings with respect to the conduct that is the subject of this Consent Agreement.
8. Respondent acknowledges and agrees that, upon signing this Consent Agreement and returning this document to the Board’s Executive Director, he may not revoke his acceptance of the Consent Agreement or make any modifications to the document regardless of whether the Consent Agreement has been signed by the Executive Director. Any modification to this original document is ineffective and void unless mutually agreed by the parties in writing.
9. This Consent Agreement is subject to the approval of the Board and is effective only when accepted by the Board and signed by the Executive Director. In the event that the Board does not approve this Consent Agreement, it is withdrawn and shall be of no evidentiary value and shall not be relied upon nor introduced in any action by any party, except that the parties agree that should the Board reject this Consent Agreement and this case proceeds to hearing, Respondent shall assert no claim that the Board was prejudiced by its review and discussion of this document or any records relating thereto.
10. If a court of competent jurisdiction rules that any part of this Consent Agreement is void or otherwise unenforceable, the remainder of the Consent Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.
11. Respondent understands that this Consent Agreement is a public record that may be publicly disseminated as a formal action of the Board and may be reported as required by law to the National Practitioner Data Bank and the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank.
12. Respondent agrees that the Board will adopt the following Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order.
ACCEPTED AND AGREED BY RESPONDENT
Michael Uzick, N.D.
FINDINGS OF FACT
1. The Board is the duly constituted authority for licensing and regulating naturopathic physicians in the State of Arizona.
2. Respondent is the holder of license number 01-624 to practice as a naturopathic physician in the State of Arizona.
3. From October 2013 through April 21, 2014, Respondent intravenously administered the nutrient Ukrain as part of his medical practice. Respondent obtained the Ukrain from a source not registered by the United States Food and Drug Administration or compounded by a pharmacy licensed with the State Board of Pharmacy. Respondent discontinued use of Ukrain in his medical practice before a complaint was made to the Board.
CONCLUSIONS OF LAW
l. The Board possesses jurisdiction over the subject matter and over Respondent pursuant to A.RS.§ 32-1501 et seq.
2. The Board may discipline a physician who has engaged in unprofessional conduct. A.RS.§ 32-1551.
3. The conduct and circumstances described above constitutes unprofessional conduct pursuant to A.RS. § 32-1501(3 l)(r) (any conduct or practice that is contrary to recognized standards of ethics of the naturopathic profession, any conduct or practice that does or might constitute a danger to the health, welfare or safety of the patient or the public, or any conduct, practice or condition that does or might impair the ability to safely and skillfully practice as a doctor of naturopathic medicine).
4. The conduct and circumstances described above constitutes unprofessional conduct pursuant to A.RS. § 32-1501(3 l)(s) (failure to observe any federal, state, county or municipal law relating to public health as a physician in this state).
5. The practice of naturopathic medicine does not include the intravenous administration of nutrients which are not manufactured and supplied for intravenous use by a manufacturer registered with the United States Food and Drug Administration or compounded by a pharmacy licensed by the State Board of Pharmacy. A.R.S. § 32- 1501(15) and (28).
Based upon the above Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, the Board hereby issues a Letter of Reprimand to Respondent.
DATED this 24 day of February, 2015.
ARIZONA NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS MEDICAL BOARD
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