Sometimes, the mistakes that physicians make are not related to negligence. Instead, they are the actions of a protective and thoughtful doctor – one that wanted to protect or help their patients. Sadly, not even the best of intentions can save physicians from disciplinary action. Learn more about the well-intentioned mistakes that a doctor can make, and how an experienced medical license defense lawyer can help mitigate against the consequences that one may face after an investigation by the Texas Medical Board.
Doctor Faces Discipline for Signing Blank Prescription Forms
When an influential physician had to leave for a trip, he signed several prescription forms and then left them in a locked drawer for his nurse. The goal was to ensure that his opioid-addicted patients had access to the medication they needed. He did not want to risk them relapsing.
Unfortunately, the drug was a controlled substance (Suboxone). Furthermore, he had violated a concrete rule: physicians are not to sign blank prescription pads, for any reason, or under any circumstance. Ultimately, his license was suspended, and now his patients are left with no choice but to search for another physician. News sources state that he is the only doctor in the area permitted to write Suboxone prescriptions, so they may have to search for a while.
How You Can Avoid Facing the Same Fate
Mistakes related to prescription authority often lead to disciplinary action for physicians, but it is far from the only best-intentioned mistake that one can make. Other areas of practice that may lead to an investigation and/or disciplinary action include:
- Trying to comfort an ailing patient, which may lead to accusations of overstepping professional boundaries;
- Delegating tasks to a staff member that fails to follow through;
- Offering a hopeful but unrealistic prognosis or treatment option; and
- Providing a service that extends beyond the typical standard of care.
Whatever the situation, it is crucial that you speak to an experienced attorney as soon as you learn of an investigation. Alternatively, if you believe your license could be at risk because of a recent situation, you can discuss the matter with an attorney to determine how you may mitigate against disciplinary action, possibly before the investigation starts.
Contact Our Texas Medical License Defense Lawyer
If you are facing an investigation with the Texas Medical Board, contact Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, for assistance. Dedicated to protecting your practice, our Texas medical license defense attorney can protect your rights. In every situation, we aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Obtain the representation you deserve. Schedule your free consultation by calling 512-228-7946 today.