New Chiropractic Group Wants to Prescribe Drugs

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

First Chiropractic Physician Association of America (FCPAA) describes itself as:

a national full service association with 20 daughter associations focused on correcting the restrictive laws of the past, resulting in the expansion of your rights as a primary care physician. Expansion of your rights will allow you to excel in the future and provide better health to your patients [1].

FCPAA's president and chief executive officer is Roderic Archer Lacy, M.D., D.C., who founded the Florida Chiropractic Physician Association (FCPA in 2011, generated the formation of similar groups in other states, and organized the FCPAA as an umbrella group. FCPA's membership is free for the first year and $99 annually after that. FCPAA membership is free to all chiropractors. As of April 2013, its reported membership is about 2,000. Lacy's mission, as stated on the FCPA site is 'fighting to integrate chiropractic physicians into the healthcare system as specialists and primary care providers will full prescriptive rights for those that want it." [2] In addition to Lacy, the FCPAA site lists R. Ernest Cohn, M.D., N.M.D., D.C., as a board member.

Dr. Lacy's Background

The FCPAA Web site describes Lacy's professional experience this way:

The medical school at UNIREMHOS (University of Eugenio Maria De Hostos) was shut down in 1998. Little information about it is available online, but the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts lists it as "disapproved," which means that its graduates would not be eligible for licensure in Kansas [4].

Lacy's retirement may be related to regulatory action he experienced in Florida. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) Web site indicates that he was subjected to discipline at least four times:

Dr. Cohn's "Holistic" Clinic

R. Ernest Cohn, who is llicensed in North Carolina as a chiropractor, practices at the Holistic Medical Clinic of the Carolinas in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The clinic's Web site states:

References

  1. About us. FCPAA Web site, accessed April 15, 2013.
  2. FCPA home page, accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. Meet the FCPAA. FCPAA Web site, accessed April 15, 2013.
  4. Approved, unapproved, and disapproved medical schools. Kansas State Board of Healing Arts Web site, accesses April 16, 2013.
  5. Administrative complaint. Florida Department of Health v. Roderic Lacy, D.C.. Case No. 2005-68704, Dec 1, 2006.
  6. Final order and settlement stipulation. Florida Department of Health v. Roderic Lacy, D.C.. Case No. 2005-68704. Filed April 28, 2007.
  7. Administrative complaint. Florida Department of Health v. Roderic Lacy, D.C.. Case No. 2009-10350, Feb 17, 2010.
  8. Final order and settlement agreement. Florida Department of Health v. Roderic Lacy, D.C.. Case No. 2009-10350. Filed July 6, 2010.

This article was posted on April 18, 2013.

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