Criminalizing Medicine Will Lead To Fewer Doctors

Mon, 06/14/2010 - 6:50am
WhiteCoat, MD

I recently read about a case involving the next step down the slippery slope of criminal prosecution of physicians.

First Michael Jackson’s physician gets prosecuted when his physician gives him an unintentional overdose of an anesthetic medication when trying to help him sleep. According to a previous discussion on this topic, most people seemed to think that prosecutors were justified in those charges.

Now, Dr. Mathew Wallack is being criminally investigated for illegally prescribing excessive doses of narcotics.

Who should be responsible when a patient dies from an overdose of medication and a physician allegedly prescribes “too much” of that medication? And how do we define “too much”?

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