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AG PUTS UNLICENSED NATUROPATH OUT-OF-BUSINESS UNTIL HE COMPLIES WITH STATE & FEDERAL LAWS

December 16, 2005

After four years of practicing medicine without license or approval from state and federal authorities, Ashland naturopathic doctor Martin Joe Osterhaus is out-of-business, according to a settlement agreement filed Wednesday by Attorney General Hardy Myers in Jackson County Circuit Court. The Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC) admits no law violation.

"Osterhaus simply 'thumbed his nose' at government agencies for more than a decade," Myers said. "Patients trusted him with their health, never realizing that he had no authority to treat them or write prescriptions."

The Oregon Department of Justice opened an investigation on Osterhaus in July 2005 after the Medford Police Department alerted them to complaints from consumers that he was practicing medicine without a license from the Oregon Board of Naturopathy. Subsequently, Justice discovered that Osterhaus had performed services as a naturopathic doctor for at least four years after his Oregon license was suspended on January 1, 2001.Osterhaus lost his federal license to prescribe controlled substances as early as 1993.

Osterhaus also failed to comply with the repeated demands of the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners resulting in a notice of law violations from Justice, followed by an AVC.

Under today's agreement, the defendant is prevented from treating patients, providing medical advice, writing prescriptions and advertising for any of the same without the proper licensure from the Oregon Board of Naturopathy and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, where necessary to prescribe drugs. He also must comply with the Unlawful Trade Practices Act and all applicable Oregon laws, rules and regulations.

Consumers wanting more information on this enforcement action may call the Attorney General's consumer hotline at (503) 378-4320 (Salem area only), (503) 229-5576 (Portland area only) or toll-free at 1-877-877-9392.

Contact:

Jan Margosian, (503) 947-4333 (media line only) jan.margosian@doj.state.or.us |
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