Practice of Medicine

Claims Lesson

Informed Consent Abandoned; Patient given Contraindicated Drug

By Georgette Samaritan, RN, BSN CPHRM, Senior Risk Management Consultant

March 20, 2014

The Case

This case involves a male in his mid-forties with a history of depression, alcohol abuse and intractable pain syndrome who was prescribed Vivitrol® (naltrexone), a narcotic that blocks the effects of narcotics and alcohol.

The patient began treatment with Methadone 30 mg three times daily in a pain center for intractable pain with good results. Some months later, the patient sought …

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