Local OB/GYN charged with incompetency, fraud

2013-01-17T04:00:00Z 2013-01-17T04:49:14Z Local OB/GYN charged with incompetency, fraudBrian Wellner The Quad-City Times
January 17, 2013 4:00 am  • 

A local obstetrics/gynecology physician suspended from a Clinton hospital for disruptive behavior also prescribed anxiety and weight loss drugs without proper paperwork, the Iowa Board of Medicine claims.

Steven Breaux, 55, of Port Byron, Ill., is charged with incompetency, unethical conduct, fraud, deception and engaging in a practice that is harmful or detrimental to the public.

The board may revoke his medical license if it rules that his conduct poses an “immediate threat to the public or his patients,” Kent Nebel, Board of Medicine legal director, said Wednesday.

The board is scheduled to hear his case April 11 and 12. The charges were filed Friday.

Breaux practices at 240 N. Bluff Blvd., Suite 200, Clinton. An assistant who answered the phone at his office Wednesday said the physician has no comment.

Breaux also practices in Silvis and Moline, according to online records.

Mercy Medical Center, Clinton, suspended Breaux on Feb. 2, 2011, after he treated nursing staff in a “degrading and condescending” manner from November 2009 to February 2011, according to the board’s charges.

He provided prenatal care from February 2011 to the present without properly informing patients that he did not have hospital delivery privileges, the board charges.

In early 2012, he failed to manage a patient’s preeclampsia, failed to perform fetal well-being studies and failed to make appropriate arrangements for delivery of the baby, the board charges.

He also prescribed excessive doses of Xanax — a potentially addictive anxiety drug — to at least two patients and phentermine to patients for weight loss without appropriate documentation, the board charges.

Breaux has an active Iowa medical license that is set to expire Jan. 1, 2014.

The Iowa Board of Medicine receives 700 complaints against physicians a year, and the board files charges in 40 to 60 of those cases, Nebel said. The majority of those cases are resolved by settlement, he said.

About one medical license a year is revoked, which Nebel said is “very rare.” In most cases, the physician is fined, placed on probation and asked to complete a competency evaluation.

Consumer complaints

Consumers can submit complaints against physicians through the Iowa Board of Medicine website at www.medicalboard.iowa.gov, by calling 515-281-5847, or by mail at 400 SW 8th St., Suite C, Des Moines, IA 50309-4686.

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