Articles Tagged with misuse of drugs

Legalized Marijuana

Patient Harm at the Hands of Impaired Clinicians

Many reports on the issue of drug and alcohol use among those in the medical profession have found that substance abuse is widespread. However, rigorous standards are in place to keep patients safe from negligently “high” doctors. But recently adding to the issue is the possible impact the legalization of sales and recreational use of marijuana in Illinois may have on a physician’s performance. Undoubtedly, some doctors and health care professionals are likely to take a personal interest in the consumption of legal pot, especially as environmental triggers and workplace stressors commonly felt by overworked medical professionals are known to drive a person toward chemical or substance dependencies.

We hope that these practitioners appreciate the boundaries related to performing the duty of care owed to their patients and that they understand some users may be incapable of fulfilling that duty and as a result – cause harm to their patients.

Drugs and Money

New Report Uncovers Trend in Profitable Prescription Drug Practices

A new data report compiled by independent newsroom ProPublica has concluded that doctors who receive money from pharmaceutical companies are more inclined to prescribe that specific drug “more heavily than doctors without such financial ties.” The researchers determined that the trend was noted for 50 popular and expensive brand-name drugs covered by Medicare Part D, including medicines that treat diabetes, glaucoma, asthma, constipation, cholesterol and other common ailments. A ProPublica article released on December 20 stated that “the financial interactions include payments for delivering promotional talks, consulting and receiving sponsored meals and travel.”

A Recap of ProPublica’s Findings

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