Earlier this month we wrote about the dangers of cosmetic surgery performed by untrained, unqualified or just plain incompetent doctors. The problem is that cosmetic surgery is not the same as plastic surgery, yet many doctors try to conceal that fact.
We have previously written that doctors and hospitals are rarely the first to admit their mistakes. And it is precisely this tight-lipped attitude that allows continued medical errors to occur. Because employees fear being blamed or reprimanded, they may fail to report a serious error or problem, even if pointing it out could keep it from happening.
Drug companies are limited in terms of how and what they can advertise. While a prescription drug may have a number of uses, drug manufacturers are only allowed to promote the uses that have been approved by the FDA. It is also illegal to offer kickbacks to doctors who agree to promote or prescribe their drugs.
Earlier this week, we began a discussion about the dangers patients face when they entrust their health to an unqualified cosmetic surgeon. Although most people don't realize it, a cosmetic surgeon is not the same thing as a board-certified plastic surgeon, and that ignorance can be deadly.
We have previously written that elective surgeries can be dangerous or even deadly if performed by a negligent doctor. In fact, cosmetic surgeons in the United States are facing a growing number of medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits.
Earlier this week, we wrote about a lawsuit that may be one of the first of its kind. A physician who has been accused of running a pill mill has filed a lawsuit against the parents of a former patient who overdosed on prescription drugs and died in 2005.
In May we wrote that authorities in Ohio are working hard to shut down "pill mills" and prosecute the doctors who operate them. Prescription drug abuse is a major problem nationwide, and it is being facilitated by doctors who dispense dangerous painkillers and narcotics without regard to patient safety.
We have previously written about the importance of good prenatal and perinatal care. Because birth injuries are so devastating, obstetricians often find themselves at risk for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Last month, we wrote about an alarming report issued by the World Health Organization that said patients are more likely to die from medical malpractice than they are to die in a plane crash. One of the major culprits: hospital-acquired infections.