PHOENIX — An herbal medicine practitioner has been arrested and charged with abuse of patients after a lawsuit alleged he abused them by administering herbal remedies without their consent.
Scottish herbalist and herbal medicine palliative care doctor Dr. David Barberry was arrested Tuesday and charged in the case of a woman who had been hospitalized for more than a month for pain and inflammation, said a spokeswoman for the U.K. Crown Prosecution Service.
Barberry, 54, is accused of using a prescription for an herbal remedy known as barberry and the woman for more then 200 prescriptions from November 2015 through January 2018, the spokeswoman said.
Barberry is accused in the lawsuit of “grossly misusing” her services and also allegedly using false information to make patients feel better, according to the statement.
The woman sued Barberry in March after being diagnosed with chronic pain.
Barbery was not present for the hearing.
Barrowbs lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Barrowbs attorney, Richard O’Connor, told ABC News the case is being investigated by the Crown Prosecco.
O’Connor said the Crown is “looking into all aspects” of the case, and that the Crown will provide further information about the investigation as it becomes available.ABC News’ Mike Foy, Ryan Micallef and Elizabeth Lassman contributed to this report.