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Lincoln MD's inappropriate prescriptions cause 6 patient deaths

When people go to the visit the doctor in Providence, they’re placing a great deal of trust in him or her to be able to not only pinpoint the cause of their ailments, but also to prescribe what needs to be done to correct them. Often, prescription painkillers are needed to help patients cope with their suffering. The abuse of prescription drugs can be all-too common. As such, doctors are expected to maintain the highest level of integrity in their treatment so as to not give the patients any more in terms of medication than they need or even want. When patients are injured due to medication errors or an allergic reaction to a drug, focus is usually always centered on the doctor who prescribed it.

A Lincoln anesthesiologist is currently undergoing this scrutiny as a result of six of patients recently dying due to opiate overdoses. Medical regulators conducting the investigation maintain that the doctor, whose scope of practice included pain management, had prescribed powerful narcotics to patients whose medical records indicated a history of drug use. The findings of the investigation were apparently enough for the state’s health director to suspend the doctor’s medical license.

Doctors are often put in the precarious position of balancing a patient’s satisfaction with their overall well-being. This may lead some to caving to patient requests for medications and treatments that are ultimately unnecessary and potentially harmful in order to ensure favorable reviews as they attempt to grow their practices. Still, the expectation is that they will maintain the highest standard of care for their particular discipline at all times. If it’s ever suspected that a doctor has deviated from that standard, one may want to consult with a malpractice attorney to discuss how to properly deal with the consequences. 

Source: The Sacramento Bee “RI suspends doctor after opiate deaths” August 30, 2013

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