Practice of Medicine
Informed Consent Abandoned; Patient given Contraindicated Drug
By Georgette Samaritan, RN, BSN CPHRM, Senior Risk Management Consultant
March 20, 2014
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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