Government Actions against DAN! Doctors

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) was a project of the Autism Research Institute (ARI) that began in 1995 and ended in 2010. From about 2001 through 2011, ARI's Web site published a Clinical Registry that listed the names of doctors who had attended DAN! conferences. In July 2002, ARI asked all who were listed to sign a statement of support and to indicate which of 33 types of treatment they offered. In 2015, I searched the licensing board sites and elsewhere and found that at least 68 of the medical and osteopathic physicians listed in online DAN! registries between 2001 and 2011 had been subjected to regulatory actions. I also found one chiropractor. Here they are, categorized according what I believe to be most significant concern. A red asterisk indicates that the doctor's license was either revoked, surrendered, or permanently suspended in at least one state. Click the links to access details of each case.

Dubious DAN!-related practices

Other nonstandard or pseudoscientific practices

Inadequate recordkeeping, documentation, and/or rendering of standard care

Problems involving controlled drugs (abuse, overprescribing, or inadequate records)

Misleading advertising

Inadequate supervision or lack of appropriate credential of nonphysician

Aiding or abetting unlicensed practice

Advertising and Practicing Outside Proper Scope of License

License canceled with cause

Improper billing

Details not specified on licensing board site

Temporary license cancelation for failure to obtain malpractice insurance

Nondisciplinary order or advisory

Criminal conviction

FDA Actions

This article was revised on April 2, 2016.

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