BONITA SPRINGS — A Collier County physician is permanently prohibited from prescribing pain medications as part of a settlement agreement reached with the Florida Board of Medicine, state documents show.
Dr. Lawrence Giventer, a board certified ophthalmologist, also must pay a $15,000 fine and the state’s investigation costs of $8,400 for activities when he practiced at two Southwest Florida clinics.
One of the clinics, Southwest Florida Medical Solutions, formerly at 4061 Bonita Beach Road, was under investigation by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office for its pain management practices in 2010. That’s when an undercover officer posed as a patient and Giventer prescribed pain pills without conducting a complete medical history or physical exam, according to state documents.
The clinic then moved to 9240 Bonita Beach Road in Lee County, where Lee County sheriff’s deputies responded to more than 500 calls to the parking lot and made 18 drug-related arrests in 2011, according to records obtained by the Daily News for articles it published about the clinic last year.
Eric Holland, the clinic’s manager, said this week that Giventer left the clinic in May 2011.
Holland said he didn’t know the state had filed an administrative complaint against the doctor.
“They may have kept it under the lid,” Holland said. “It’s the first I ever heard of it.”
Giventer and his Coral Gables attorney, Martin Raskin, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
When a physician enters into a settlement agreement, the doctor neither admits nor denies the allegations contained in a state complaint.
Giventer faced two administrative complaints, in 2009 and 2011, for prescribing pain medications in violation of state standards, according to the documents.
In the 2009 case, he ordered 2,400 oxycodone tablets while working at Integrated Healthcare Solutions, 868 106th Ave. N. in North Naples, and prescribed 240 tablets to one patient two weeks later, according to the state.
The state said it filed the complaint because Giventer wasn’t registered with the medical board as a dispensing physician, which was in violation of state law. The 2011 complaint stemmed from when Giventer worked at Southwest Florida Medical Solutions when the clinic was in Collier before moving up the road to Lee. A portion of Bonita Beach Road is in Collier though most of it is in Lee County.
On Aug. 25, 2010, he prescribed 135 Roxicodone pills, which are a generic form of the highly abused oxycodone, and 30 Xanax pills to the undercover officer without conducting a complete physical or medical exam, according to the complaint.
The officer, posing as a patient, complained of knee and back pain.
Less than a month later, on Sept. 22, 2010, Giventer prescribed another 120 Roxicodone tablets and 30 Xanax pills to the same undercover officer, according to the state complaint.
The Collier Sheriff’s Office issued the following statement about the physician’s settlement with the state Board of Medicine: “The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has long made it a priority to ensure that prescription drugs do not fall into the wrong hands, and we believe that anyone who participates in the abuse of controlled substances should face the appropriate and lawful consequences.”
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Karie Partington said Giventer hasn’t been charged with a crime.