By PETER HUSSMANN
The Iowa Board of Medicine has postponed this week's hearing into disciplinary charges brought against a Newton doctor accusing him of prescribing excessive controlled substances to numerous patients, including those with known drug abuse histories.
Kent Nebel, director of legal affairs for the Iowa Board of Medicine, said the Statement of Charges against Lafeyette J. Twyner accusing him of professional incompetency, inappropriate prescribing, improper pain management and unethical or unprofessional conduct will now be heard on July 10 and 11. It had previously been set to be heard on Thursday in Des Moines.
"The board routinely postpones hearings to allow the parties time to prepare for hearing," he said.
Dr. Twyner "prescribed large quantities of potentially lethal drugs to numerous patients with known substance abuse histories who exhibited drug-seeking behavior on numerous occasions" without establishing an appropriate physician-patient relationship, without performing or documenting an appropriate physical examination, without establishing appropriate treatment plans and without discussion of the risks of the use of the controlled substances, the charges state.
Dr. Twyner has also been sued in civil court by a Newton woman who claims his "negligent care" of her husband led to his addiction to narcotic drugs and ultimately his premature death.