Saturday, February 02, 2008

Indian River County Psychiatrist to pay fine
By James Kirley
December 6, 2007
Vero Beach, Florida

Dr. Joseph Altieri, a Vero Beach psychiatrist, has agreed to pay a $15,000 administrative fine and perform 100 hours of community service to resolve a complaint brought by the Florida Department of Health last fall.

It claimed Altieri had prescribed "a constantly changing cocktail of drugs" that included methadone, Zoloft and Xanax to a 29-year-old man with a history of problems with pain pills.

Another part of the same complaint alleged Altieri prescribed the narcotic OxyContin to a 47-year-old woman with "unsubstantiated chronic pain" and a history of heroin and methadone addictions.

Both the unidentified man and woman were terminated as patients by Altieri for missing appointments and "noncompliance," the state's complaint noted.

Phone calls to Altieri's office Tuesday and Wednesday seeking comment were not returned.

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