Ohio Pharmaceutical Injury Attorney investigating negligent pain management clinics and Cincinnati opioid prescription malpractice lawsuits for overdose injury victims
Managing pain is a priority for so many Americans. Every morning people wake up in pain and wonder how they can get through the day. Patients rely heavily on medical professionals to diagnose and treat a wide variety of painful conditions and illnesses. But doctors sometimes fail in their duties. As a result, painkillers and opioids are over-prescribed and under-prescribed, and patients suffer the consequences.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently warned that doctors are misusing opioid pain medication guidelines, worsening conditions in the opioid addiction and overdose crisis in the U.S. New studies suggest doctors and pain management physicians have misapplied 2016 guidelines that clamped down on the use of opioids. A review in the New England Journal of Medicine noted that many physician responses to the opioid overdose crisis went too far.
Pain management professionals must properly treat patients, and if they fail to do so, they may be held liable for overdose injuries and deaths related to painkiller prescription malpractice.
Joe Lyon is an Ohio drug injury lawyer and Cincinnati opioid prescription malpractice attorney investigating negligent pain management clinics in Ohio and nationwide.
A wave of opioid abuse lawsuits targeted drug makers, doctors and drug distributors in recent years. Pain clinics are sometimes reticent to prescribe painkiller and opioids to patients in need. But completely cutting off a supply of painkillers to the consumer in need is misapplying the government’s guidance, according to the CDC.
Doctors are advised to begin slowly and prescribe a low effective dose and avoid increasing it too quickly. This is basic pain treatment procedure. But health agencies and Cincinnati opioid prescription malpractice attorneys have heard reports of doctors and clinics suddenly tapering or discontinuing painkillers, raising the risks of severe withdrawal symptoms, pain, psychological distress, and death.
Medical professionals and pharmacists have the duty of weighing the benefits and risks of opioid painkillers for each individual patient. Every case is unique and physicians should provide a standard of care without improperly prescribing painkillers.
There are more than 50 million chronic pain patients in the U.S. Many pain patients have been denied treatment because practices have closed or doctors have been disciplined. This leaves a large number of American pain patients in a bind.
The CDC is now recommending several safeguards with opioid painkiller use, including:
If you or a loved one has suffered an opioid painkiller overdose or injury, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding Cincinnati opioid prescription malpractice lawsuits.