Following the revelations of the Black Book of Autism and after the referral to the public prosecutor by the ANSM, the National Council of the Order of Physicians announces to Egora.fr that it will initiate proceedings against the Fifty doctors accused of having prescribed antibiotics, antiparasitics and other unproven treatments in the management of autism.
Since 2012, at least fifty doctors have reportedly prescribed long-term anti-infectives and / or heavy metal chelators to autistic children, outside of any legal framework. Following the report by Olivia Cattan, president of SOS autism and author of the Black Book of Autism, the ANSM issued last week a warning against these “dangerous prescriptions” and announced to have seized the public prosecutor.
Blamed in Olivia Cattan’s book for its wait-and-see attitude, the Cnom, contacted by Egora.fr, defends itself. Three disciplinary proceedings have been initiated in recent years concerning unconventional autism treatments, informs us Dr Bruno Boyer, president of the public health section of the Cnom. The first led to the radiation of Dr Corinne Skorupka, then general practitioner in Paris, in 2010. Adept of gluten-free and casein-free diets supposed to cure autism, the practitioner now works from Switzerland and bills her telephone consultations 160 euros, d ‘after one Parisian investigation.
Second disciplinary procedure: the one targeting Dr Didier Grandgeorge, pediatrician in Fréjus, who claims to cure autism with his homeopathic treatment. Following a complaint from the Cnom, the disciplinary chamber of first instance of the Order of Physicians of PACA suspended the doctor for one month. “Deeming the sanction insufficient, the Cnom appealed at least”, explains Dr Boyer.
Another procedure is initiated at first instance. It concerns this time “5 or 6 doctors” implicated for their prescriptions in the treatment of autism, specifies the national adviser.
As for the fifty doctors targeted by the referral to the ANSM, which investigated following the report by Olivia Cattan, the Cnom intends to prosecute them. “The day after receiving this report, we asked the ANSM to provide us with the contact details of these physicians in order to initiate the appropriate disciplinary process,” says Dr Boyer. Beforehand, it was necessary for the ANSM, “which has the power of investigation – unlike the Order”, to establish “the materiality of the facts”, specifies the president of the public health section. “These facts seem manifestly contrary to medical ethics.” And to recall that prescriptions outside Marketing Authorization, to be legal, must be based on data acquired from science.