Legal Issues In Medicine

Physician-Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia Increasing Legalized

Physician-Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia Increasing Legalized

Public support for physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia has increased in Western Europe, while plateauing in the United States.

FDA's 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation Misunderstood

FDA's 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation Misunderstood

Many believe meds supported by stronger evidence than the law requires to achieve designation.

Legal Interpretation May Expose Doctors to Substantial Fines

Legal Interpretation May Expose Doctors to Substantial Fines

Case surrounds whether liability under IFPA can be based on what a practice should have known.

Health Care Apps Lack Good Privacy Policies

Health Care Apps Lack Good Privacy Policies

Nearly 80% of studied diabetes apps had no declared privacy policy.

Few Physicians Involved in a Third of Paid Malpractice Claims

Few Physicians Involved in a Third of Paid Malpractice Claims

A few doctors account for disproportionately large number of paid malpractice claims.

Industry Funds More Research Than NIH

Industry Funds More Research Than NIH

Analysis finds studies paid for by private sector increasing, while US-sponsored trials decline.

California Governor Signs Right-to-Die Bill Into Law

California Governor Signs Right-to-Die Bill Into Law

Physicians can now prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients.

Rising Litigation for Soft-Tissue Filler Procedures

Rising Litigation for Soft-Tissue Filler Procedures

Half of legal actions result from non-physician performing the procedure.

Diagnostic Errors Common in the U.S.

Diagnostic Errors Common in the U.S.

Panel urges changes to an increasingly complex health care system.

Ruling Makes It Easier for Insurers to Terminate Doctors

Ruling Makes It Easier for Insurers to Terminate Doctors

Court supported insurance company in termination of doctors after dispute over necessity of services

Delays in Reporting of Serious Drug Harms to FDA

Delays in Reporting of Serious Drug Harms to FDA

Analysis found roughly 10% of cases were filed after 15-day deadline passed.

Noneconomic Damage Cap is Constitutional, Court Rules

Noneconomic Damage Cap is Constitutional, Court Rules

California court finds that state's cap on noneconomic damages is constitutional.

Study Identifies Human Factors in Surgical Errors

Study Identifies Human Factors in Surgical Errors

Individual cognitive factors accounted for half of all contributing human factor nano-codes.

Disclosure Restrictions Frequent in Medical Malpractice Settlements

Disclosure Restrictions Frequent in Medical Malpractice Settlements

Academic health system uses nondisclosure clauses in most malpractice settlement agreements.

Legal Implications of Using PAs and NPs

Legal Implications of Using PAs and NPs

Understanding legal issues allows effective use of physician extenders, who can be beneficial in health care.

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