(A) The practice of medicine in all of its branches or the treatment of human ailments without the use of drugs or medicines and without operative surgery by any person not at that time holding a valid and current certificate as provided by Chapter 4723., 4725., or 4731. of the Revised Code is hereby declared to be inimical to the public welfare and to constitute a public nuisance.
(B) The attorney general, the prosecuting attorney of any county in which the offense was committed or the offender resides, the state medical board, or any other person having knowledge of a person who either directly or by complicity is in violation of division (A) of this section, may on or after January 1, 1969, in accord with provisions of the Revised Code governing injunctions, maintain an action in the name of the state to enjoin any person from engaging either directly or by complicity in the unlawful activity by applying for an injunction in the Franklin county court of common pleas or any other court of competent jurisdiction. Prior to application for such injunction, the secretary of the state medical board shall notify the person allegedly engaged either directly or by complicity in the unlawful activity by registered mail that the secretary has received information indicating that this person is so engaged. Said person shall answer the secretary within thirty days showing that the person is either properly licensed for the stated activity or that the person is not in violation of Chapter 4723. or 4731. of the Revised Code. If the answer is not forthcoming within thirty days after notice by the secretary, the secretary shall request that the attorney general, the prosecuting attorney of the county in which the offense was committed or the offender resides, or the state medical board proceed as authorized in this section. Upon the filing of a verified petition in court, the court shall conduct a hearing on the petition and shall give the same preference to this proceeding as is given all proceedings under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, irrespective of the position of the proceeding on the calendar of the court. Such injunction proceedings shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, all penalties and other remedies provided in Chapters 4723. and 4731. of the Revised Code.
Effective Date: 04-10-2001