Regulatory Actions against Robert Wickman, M.D.

Stephen Barrett, M.D.


In January 1985, the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery permanently revoked the license of Robert Wickman, D.O. The revocation order, shown below, describes how he had fraudulently represented to a board investigator that reatment with Tumorex (a solution of the amino acid L-arginine) was effective against cancer.

This was not the first time that Wickman had been in trouble. In 1980, the board charged him with prescribing excessive amounts of narcotic drugs. After a hearing, it placed him on probation for a period of five years and directed him to surrender his registration certificates for Class II and III controlled substances. Wickman appealed the decision in court. A lower court granted his appeal but in 1983, the Arizona Court of Appeals upheld the board and concluded that Wickman had "prescribed narcotic and hypnotic drugs in such quantities as to constitute a danger to the health, welfare and safety of patients and the public." Quackwatch has additional information about his activities.


RECEIVED BEFORE THE ARIZONA BOARD OF OSTEOPATHIC
EXAMINERS IN MEDICINE AND SURGERY

In the Matter of

ROBERT B. WICKMAN, D.O.

Holder of License No. 687 for the
Practice of Osteopathic Medicine
and Surgery in the State of Arizona


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ORDER OF REVOCATION
OF LICENSE

The above captioned matter came before the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery (Board) for hearing on January 11, 1985, pursuant to A.R.S. §§ 32-1801 et seq. and §§ 41-1001 et seq. The State of Arizona was represented by Virginia Balmes Whitehead, Assistant Attorney General. Respondent ROBERT B, WICKMAN, D.O, was not present and no one appeared on his behalf. The Board having considered all the matters presented and being fully advised, makes the following Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order.

FINDINGS OF FACT

I

The Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery is the duly constituted authority for the regulation and control of the practice of osteopathic medicine and surgery in the State of Arizona.

II

On February 17, 1964, ROBERT B. WICKMAN, D.O. was issued License No, 687 for the practice of osteopathic medicine and surgery in the State of Arizona.

III

In June and July, 1983 ROBERT B. WICKMAN, D.O. maintained a referring and fee dividing relationship with one Ken Anderson, an illegal practitioner of medicine.

IV

On or about July 11, 1983 ROBERT B. WICKMAN, D.O. fraudulently represented to Sandra Ramsey, an undercover investigator that a solution of L-Arginine (identified as Tumorex) and DMSO was an effective and successfully curative treatment for cancer.

V

On or about July 11, 1983 ROBERT B. WICKMAN, D.O, offered to and embarked on a course of conduct that, if carried to its intended conclusion, would have resulted in the treatment of Sandra Ramsey by injection with a solution of DMSO and Tumorex, without first taking a history, conducting a physical examination, or arriving at a diagnosis of any medical condition in Ms. Ramsey.

VI

On or about July 11, 1983 ROBERT B. WICKMAN, D.O. accepted a fee of $2,500.00 in cash in return for an agreement to treat Sandra Ramsey with a solution of DMSO and Tumorex.

VII

On or about July ii, 1983 ROBERT B, WICKMAN, D.O. offered to provide Sandra Ramsey with a cash receipt made out as if received from the "Basic Bible Church" for the cash payment she tendered for treatment with DMSO and Tumorex.

VIII

On or about June and July of 1983 ROBERT B. WICKMAN, D.O. conspired with one Ken Anderson to engage in the violations described above in Paragraphs III through VII.

IX

ROBERT B. WICKMAN, D.O, failed to comply with the Board's request to appear at the informal interview held on October 19, 1984 regarding the use of colonies to treat rectal bleeding when a diagnosis had not been made and the use of "Chelaplex" oral chelation treatments without proper examination and diagnosis, The informal interview originally scheduled for the Board's August 1984 meeting was continued to the October meeting at the request of Dr. Wickman’s attorney. The Board received no indication of the reason Dr. Wickman or a representative did not appear at the October meeting.

X

ROBERT B. WICKMAN, D.O. failed to provide the Board with requested information concerning "Chelaplex" treatment.

CONCLUSIONS OF LAW

XI

A.R.S. § 31-1855(M) provides that any osteopathic physician who after a hearing is found by the Board to be guilty of unprofessional conduct shall be subject to any one or more of the following: civil penalty, censure, probation, suspension of  license, or revocation of license, and for such period of time, or permanently, and under such conditions as the Board deems appropriate for the protection of the public health and safety and just in the circumstances.

XII

The violation described in Paragraph IIl constitutes unprofessional conduct as defined by A.R.S. § 32-1854(A)(ii).

XIII

The violation described in Paragraph IV constitutes unprofessional conduct as defined by A.R.S. § 32-1854(A)(16)°

XIV

The violation described in Paragraph V constitutes unprofessional conduct as defined by A.R.S. § 32-1854(A)(20).

XV

The violation described in Paragraph VI constitutes unprofessional conduct as defined by A.R.S. § 32-1854(A)(28) & (20).

XVI

The violation described in Paragraph VII constitutes unprofessional conduct as defined by A,R.S. § 32-1854(A)(18).

XVII

The violation described in Paragraph VIII constitutes unprofessional conduct as defined by A.R.S. § 32-1854(A)(21).

XVIII

The violation described in Paragraphs unprofessional conduct as defined In light of the IX and X by A.R.S. constitutes § 32-1854(A) (14).

XIX

foregoing Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, grounds exist to permanently revoke the osteopathic medical license of ROBERT B. W!CKMAN, D.O.

ORDER

Upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried, License No. 687 for the practice of osteopathic medicine in the State of Arizona held by ROBERT B. WICKMAN, D.O. is hereby permanently revoked,

ENTERED this 24th day of January, 1985.

ARIZONA STATE BOARD OF OSTEOPATHIC
EXAMINERS IN MEDICINE AND SURGERY

By________________________
GEORGE HERSHEY, D.O.
President

and

By________________________
Mary Tucker
Exeeutive Director

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