It’s a hot topic in society at the moment: the over-prescription of medications. With deaths due to abuse of prescription painkillers occurring at a troubling rate—and even attributed in popular media to the death of the television character Roseanne Connors—it makes sense for our governments to keep an eye on what’s going on. But, as so often happens with any high-profile issue of grave public concern, it is far too easy for things to fall into a pattern of scapegoating. And as scapegoats go, doctors must be among the frontrunners.
As the prescribers of medications, doctors are the access-point between the pharmaceutical industry and the general public. And those who treat patients experiencing pain are in a position that, when looked at closely, is not an enviable one. While being required to meet the needs of their patients, many of whom will in fact have chronic or acute pain or discomfort, these medical professionals must keep open a wary eye for those who would use them as a portal to abuse. Many physicians find this exhausting.
Particularly worrisome to many physicians is the implication that they must lean toward disbelieving their patients when they ask them how much pain they are feeling, and risk that the amount or portion of medication the physician prescribes them will in fact not alleviate their symptoms. This is a result that undermines the purpose of going to the doctor for help with healthcare in the first place.
Yet if a doctor who prescribes pills is determined by authorities to have been overprescribing, their medical license is suddenly in danger of revocation—not to mention the possibility of criminal charges. No doctor wants to lose the license they worked hard to earn.
Therefore, if a complaint against you is brought before the Texas Medical Board claiming over-prescription, it is vital you take immediate action to preserve your ability to practice medicine by hiring an experienced professional license defense attorney.
When Your Medical License is Under Attack
If someone has lodged a formal complaint against you and your medical license, your professional reputation and good name are on the line. It’s critically important that you take the complaint seriously from the start and address the allegations head-on.
Our law firm helps professionals, like you, keep their licenses when those licenses are under attack by a state agency or board.
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