Medical Malpractice as Criminal Negligence

side note: This is a topic that I’ve posted about several times. As the epidemic of prescription drug abuse grows at an exponential rate, doctors can expect greater police interest in their prescribing practices. Not only can prescribing powerful medicines to addicts be considered medical malpractice, it can be prosecuted as criminal negligence. Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem with legal implications every doctor should be aware of.

Terry Baynes

Reuters

10:56 AM CDT, September 14, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s doctor, accused of killing the pop star with a powerful anesthetic, has joined a small but growing number of U.S. physicians facing criminal charges over their handling of prescription drugs.

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