Doctor who claimed to cure autism written off

A doctor from Ain, member of a collective which claims to be able to cure autism using anti-infectious drugs, was struck off by the Regional Order of Physicians for “ethical faults” and appealed against this decision.

Dr Philippe Raymond, general practitioner in Bourg-en-Bresse (Ain), was inflicted “the sanction of removal from the register of the Order of Physicians”, according to the text of the decision, dated December 8 and sent to AFP on Wednesday by the Disciplinary Chamber of First Instance (CDPI) of the Order of Physicians of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. “Dr. Raymond has appealed against this decision which is therefore neither final nor binding”, specified the CDPI.

Controversial practices

This practitioner is a founding member of Chronimed, a collective of doctors created in particular by the controversial Prof. Luc Montagnier, to “research (r) the infectious causes hidden in chronic pathologies”. This group defends in particular a treatment protocol for autism and Lyme disease using antibiotic, antifungal and antiparasitic drugs, the effectiveness of which has not been scientifically validated. The CDPI was seized in April 2019 by the National Council of the Order of Physicians, which considered that “the management by this doctor of autistic patients, which does not correspond to the data acquired from science, is contrary to his ethical obligations”.

“1st victory” for SOS Autisme France

The disciplinary body ruled in favor of the National Council of the Order: “Dr. Raymond disregarded the provisions (…) of the public health code” which stipulate in particular that the care provided by a doctor must be “based on data acquired from science” and that, in its public expression, “He must only report confirmed data, be cautious and be concerned about the repercussions of his remarks on the public.” A qualified decision on Twitter from “first victory for SOS Autisme France” by the president of this association, Olivia Cattan, who published a book in September denouncing these practices and alerted the National Medicines Safety Agency (ANSM).

“Desolation” for France Lyme

The Agency in turn seized the public prosecutor to report the case of several doctors.“It is with amazement and desolation that we learned this day of the radiation sanction imposed on Dr Philippe Raymond”, on the other hand reacted in a press release the association France Lyme, defending a doctor “devoted and committed”, “under the influence of no complaint against patients”, who had been part of the Lyme disease working group at the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) in 2018.

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