For much of my career, I worked in medical settings. Every once in a while, I’d hear about a rogue doctor or nurse who got caught doing something that they should not have. These events rarely made headlines unless their actions were particularly heinous. I believe that the field of medicine is changing as “burn out” may be provoking many previously levelheaded medical people to lose control. Unfortunately, often we, the patients can suffer. I opened one of my medical newsletters today to find this headline;
A weekly roundup of healthcare’s encounters with the courts.
A nurse practitioner is suing CVS Health after allegedly being fired for refusing to provide abortion-inducing drugs at the company’s MinuteClinic facilities. (CBS News)
In Georgia, a family who brought a wrongful death suit against an addiction treatment center was awarded $77 million by a jury. (AP)
In Oregon, a grand jury declined to indict a former Portland doctor on criminal charges of sexual misconduct and abuse of patients, but David Farley, MD, still faces a civil suit filed by dozens of patients who allege he sexually abused them. (KGW8)
An orthopedic surgeon got 7 years in prison for administering unnecessary x-rays on healthy patients. (MedPage Today)
A Michigan nurse has been charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult for failing to report incorrect medication doses that were given to a patient, the state’s attorney general announced.
In West Virginia, an ophthalmologist will pay $900,000 to settle claims that he allegedly routinely gave eye injections that weren’t medically necessary. (CBS13 News)
A $5.25 million award granted to a Florida woman who alleged her former fertility doctor used his own sperm to impregnate her will be reduced by more than $3 million (Bloomberg Law)
In Texas, a physician assistant was charged with practicing medicine without a license for more than a year after his license was suspended in July 2020. (KRGV)