L.A. psychiatrist disciplined over treatment of 6-year-old
A Los Angeles psychiatrist was disciplined earlier this month for prescribing nearly a dozen psychotropic, mood-altering drugs to a 6-year-old during a two-year period without keeping adequate medical records.
Dr. Nicole Poliquin-Williams was issued a public reprimand by the Medical Board of California on July 15.
Poliquin-Williams had been investigated for failing to properly diagnose, dose and keeps records of the medications she prescribed to the boy and another patient, a 36-year-old woman, according to the Medical Board.
The 6-year-old was brought to her for treatment by his adoptive parents in 2005, suffering from temper tantrums, mood swings and sleeping problems, according to the accusation. Poliquin-Williams diagnosed him with bipolar disorder and prescribed him medications that included Ritalin, Risperdal, lithium and Prozac.
Poliquin-Williams also diagnosed the 36-year-old with bipolar disorder and prescribed her multiple psychotropic medications from 2001 to 2006, according to the accusation.
The psychiatrist's attorney, Raymond J. McMahon, noted that the Medical Board did not substantiate accusations of negligence against Poliquin-Williams, only record-keeping failures.
"The medical care rendered by Dr. Poliquin-Williams was excellent" for both patients, McMahon said, describing his client as "a very thoughtful, caring psychiatrist." He said she declined to comment about the case.
McMahon noted that as part of her discipline, Poliquin-Williams agreed to take courses in medical record-keeping, prescribing practices and psychopharmacology.
A spokesman for the state attorney general's office, which represented the Medical Board, did not return calls Monday.
-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske