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Florida doctor is investigated over experimental treatment

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7137.1037k (Published 04 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1037

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  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    A doctor who claims that apheresis or plasmapheresis is beneficial in age related macular degeneration is being investigated by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

    Dr Richard Davis is the owner of Rheotherapy Centers of Largo, on Florida's west coast, which offers plasmapheresis sessions, each costing $1800-$2200 (£1100-£1400), to elderly patients with macular degeneration.

    Dr Davis faces a hearing before the Florida Board of Medicine on charges of “false, deceptive or misleading advertising … of Rheotherapy as a safe and effective treatment, when Rheotherapy is an experimental procedure” and on charges of practising medicine below …

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