'Cease and desist' order issued against autism doctor

Dr. Mark R. Geier, a Rockville doctor accused of improperly treating children with autism, has been ordered by the state Board of Physicians to stop practicing medicine while his license is suspended.

The doctor's license was suspended in April after the board concluded his hormone and chelation therapy endangered the children in his care. But the board in a new "cease and desist" order this week accused the doctor of refilling prescriptions for at least three patients in violation of the suspension.

The doctor has appealed the suspension of his license. His lawyer declined to comment on the newest claims.

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