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Rounds in the General Hospital

Liability Associated With Prescribing Medications

Judith G. Edersheim, JD, MD, and Theodore A. Stern, MD

Published: June 17, 2009

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Mr. A, an 80-year-old man with coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and hypertension, presented to his primary care physician with complaints of anxiety and insomnia. The primary care physician prescribed a low dose of an atypical antipsychotic medication. One week later, Mr. A was the driver in a motor vehicle accident; both he and a bystander were injured.

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