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Re: who to report physician's negligence to?

Posted by MarkinBoston on October 11, 2000, at 13:58:43

In reply to who to report physician's negligence to?, posted by mrjerky on October 11, 2000, at 0:03:16

Well, I would consider your angry reaction as a symptom of something needing treatment. Your doc. made a relatively minor oversight that I think your response is exaggerated. I've gotten slightly out of date meds (athlete's foot ointment) from a pharmacy even, didn't notice the date for a couple weeks, and it worked anyway. Unlike most scripts, I got the sealed mfg. packaging otherwise I wouldn't have known at all.

You doc was trying to do you a favor by giving you some free meds to see if they helped. I and many here have been through lots and lots of different meds that havn't worked, and move on to try another. My pharmacy's and HMO's database of meds I've had scripts for is longer than a mobster's rap sheet. The HMO has also had to pay for a full month's supply of drugs that I've given up on sometimes in only a week, and then thrown away. Lots of never used refills too.

Unless you can prove sufficient injury, let your complaint here be enough of a report and think about your anger and repairing your relationship with a doctor who is trying to help you. An adversarial relationship with your MD won't serve you, while a cooperative one will. You might have blown the relationship already, like a horrible first date, and using a different doc may be good. Neither one of you have had that sour experience to repair.

Between lawyers looking to cash in with malpractice suits and HMO regulations and paperwork, being a MD and trying to help people isn't so rewarding anymore. I hear of more and more that have left what was once considered a very honorable and noble profession for new careers. Please don't become part of the problem by trying to sue the guy for a minor oversight while trying to do you a favor.

Personally, I would sue an MD/hospital/pharmacy only in a situation where I suffered great damage AND it was clear they screwed up and needed to be more careful. Examples would include co-administering drugs when the manufacturers say not to, or gross procedural neglegence. If I need a surgery, I want it videotaped. If ATM's and 7-11's can have them, I want to know what happened while I was unconscious. Years ago I had some surgery done by a surgeon that I had heard through a mutual friend sometimes liked to dress in women's clothing. As a joke, I had thought about wearing my girlfriend's panties under the Johnnie and would have loved to see and hear the OR team's reaction!

> One month at 50mgs Luvox (physician's samples) and almost a week
> at 100mgs (again physician's samples) before I noticed that the expiration
> dates were 8/99 and 12/99 respectively. I have already contacted
> the GP and had him issue a prescription, but I am still highly
> pissed. If anyone can tell me what to do about this I would
> really appreciate it.




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