August 5, 2008

Osteopathic Doctor Faces Allegations


The Nevada Board of Osteopathic Medicine is looking to suspend a local doctor over allegations of prescription drug abuse.

The actions of Dr. Susan Miko, a doctor of osteopathy, "represent a real and significant threat to the public health," according to a complaint filed by the board Friday.

In the complaint, Miko is accused of going to a Fremont Medical Center location in May 2007 and ordering 2,000 hydrocodone pills, a pain killer, on behalf of her husband.

Her husband was not a patient at the medical center and she had no medical records to show that he needed the pills, according to the complaint.

"According to the individuals at the Fremont Medical Center, Dr. Miko indicated that she would appreciate it if the medical center kept this order 'confidential,' " the complaint states.

After discussing the issue with the board, Miko entered the Betty Ford Clinic in California and was referred to a state program that helps medical professionals recover from addiction, the complaint states.

Doctors at the Betty Ford Clinic recommended she suspend her medical practice and enroll in the state program, according to the complaint. The document states she quit the program in July.

Employment records indicated that in March she was treating patients within 24 hours of using hydrocodone, the complaint states.

Miko works at an office at 4270 S. Decatur Blvd., Suite B-4, and has never had any disciplinary or malpractice issues, according to the board's Web site.

Reached for comment on Saturday, Miko said she was not aware of the complaint. The Review-Journal attempted to provide her with a copy of the complaint; she wasn't able to be reached for comment afterward.

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