Practice of Medicine

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Pain Mismanagement - Plaintiff Victory Attributed to Problems with Poor Record Documentation and Inconsistent Prescribing Practices

November 26, 2013

The Case

A middle-aged female patient was referred to pain management by her primary care physician (PCP) for treatment of chronic pain in her lower back and left lower extremity. The patient also had a history of psychiatric problems, including anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder, and was under the care of a psychiatrist.

For six years, pain management consistently prescribed Oxycontin, …

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