Jarir Nakouzi, M.D. Facing Disciplinary Action

Stephen Barrett, M.D.


In 2010, Jarir Nakouzi, M.D., who purported to treat cancer with homeopathy, was charged with deviating from the standard of care in his management of a woman with late-stage cancer. The charges, shown below, include failing to get adequate informed consent, failing to maintain adequate documentation, and using a bioresonance device as a diagnostic technique. The situation was vividly described in a Newsweek article. In 2011, the complaint was settled with a consent order under which Nakouzi agreed to (a) pay $5,000, (b) stop using devices that measure skin resistance for diagnostic or treatment purposes, (c) stop making unsubstantiated claims that refrain from recommending, prescribing, or administering any alleged cancer treatment that lacks FDA approval or scientific support, and (d) serve probation for two years, during which at least 20 of his patient charts will be subject to random review by a supervisor acceptable to the Connecticut Department of Health.


STATE OF CONNECTICUT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS BRANCH
CONNECTICUT MEDICAL EXAMINING BOARD

In re: Jarir Nakouzi, M.D.       Petition No. 2007-0424-001-060

STATEMENT OF CHARGES

Pursuant to the General Statutes of Connecticut, §§19a-10 and 19a-14, the Department of Public Health (hereinafter "the Department") brings the following charges against Jarir Nakouzi, MD.:

  1. Jarir Nakouzi, M.D., of Trumbull, Connecticut (hereinafter "respondent") is, and has been at all times referenced in this Statement of Charges, the holder of Connecticut physician and surgeon license number 039115.

  2. Respondent provided medical care to patient M.N. from on or about October 21, 2006 until on or about December 20,2006. M.N. presented with late stage inflammatory breast cancer with chest wall carcinoma, after radiation and chemotherapy had been unsuccessful.

  3. Respondent's care for M.N. deviated from standard of care in one or more of the following ways:

a. he failed to obtain and/or failed to adequately document informed consent from M.N.;

b. he did not maintain adequate documentation of his course of care for M.N.; and/or

c. he prescribed high doses of oxycodone for pain, but did not appropriately document pain assessments or pain treatment planning.

  1. Respondent's care for M.N. deviated from standard of care in that he failed to diagnose and/or treat M.N. appropriately in one or more of the following ways:

a. he failed to respond, and/or respond adequately, to a fungating necrotic wound on her chest wall;

b. he diagnosed unbalanced quadrants;

c. he used bioresonance as a diagnostic technique;

d. he diagnosed and treated homotoxins; and/or

e. he treated her with autosanguis.

  1. The above facts constitute grounds for disciplinary action pursuant to the General Statutes of Connecticut, §20-13c(4).

THEREFORE, the Department prays that:

The Connecticut Medical Examining Board, as authorized in §§ 19a-17 and 20-13c, revoke or order other disciplinary action against the physician and surgeon license of Jarir Nakouzi, M.D. as it deems appropriate and consistent with law.

Dated at Hartford, Connecticut this 9th day of November, 2010.

_______________________________
Jennifer Filippone, Section Chief
Practitioner Licensing and Investigations
Healthcare Systems Branch

This page was revised on October 1, 2011.

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