IOWA CITY — An Iowa City oral surgeon has agreed to a temporary license suspension and a $10,000 fine for diverting opioids for his own personal use.
Andrew Hartwig, of Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center of Iowa City, has had an Iowa dental license since 1993.
The Iowa Dental Board charged Hartwig with unprofessional or unethical conduct based on allegations he diverted opioids intended to be used to sedate patients for his own self administration, according to a settlement agreement signed Dec. 3.
Hartwig’s dental license is suspended through Jan. 31. His general anesthesia permit will be suspended through March 31, and he will not be allowed to administer sedation until Sept. 1, and then only if he completes the Iowa Practitioner Program, for providers who self-report impairments.
Following suspension, Hartwig will be on probation for five years, during which time he will not be allowed to administer opioids for sedation, must have a practice monitor and must file quarterly reports, among other terms.
Hartwig has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $10,000 within 90 days. The money goes to the state’s general fund.
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