Your Prescription: Did You Really Need That?

The short answer to this question is simple - that it is always yes. Prescriptions are written on a qualification basis and are rarely questioned by the pharmacologist. A medical professional clearly understands the risks involved with writing a pressured prescription based on sales numbers. The question is necessity, and this affects the results of the medicinal administration.

First Line Defense
Doctors use medications in terms of defense against illness, and the protocol is set by general principles. There are standard medications for similar problems. Antibiotics are an excellent example of medications that are indicated according to the illness. Additionally, allergies can be problematic in terms of effective medications if the patient tolerances are acute. The individual system can impact the physical response. Doctors have general medication protocols, but a volume agreement with a particular pharmaceutical company for dispensation of a particular pharmaceutical product could be probable cause for a negligence claim against a doctor, along with the pharmaceutical company.

If you think you have been a victim of negligence you should turn to a lawyer and file a 'false claim.' Goldberg Kohn Law firm defines a false claim as, "...overcharging for a product, delivering less than the promised amount of goods or services, providing inferior products, failing to comply with program restrictions or charging for one thing but delivering another." In the case of prescription negligence, a lawyer could justify a case using the false claims to qualify your case.

Illness Diagnosis
Medication regimens are determined by the diagnosis of the illness. A prime example of this situation is mental illness diagnosis. There are a significant range of mental illnesses that can warrant use of specific medications. Additionally, pain and nerve medications can be enhanced for individuals who are suffering extensive pain. Doctors can easily be persuaded to write medications for certain types of medications, such as pain relievers, to treat the symptoms of the actual medical problem. 

Purpose of Medication
Most medications actually address a medical problem and at times they only address the mental state of the patient. Doctors are often too eager to write a prescription for a particular medication, and this may be a red flag that they are being financially compensated by the product manufacturer to write as many prescriptions as possible. Borderline diagnosis is a good indicator, as medications are set by general issuance among doctors of a particular type.

Controlled Substances

All doctors are apprehensive about writing prescriptions for controlled substances. The social stigma placed on contemporary drug abuse is extensive, and controlled substances are at the top the list for doctors and pharmacies. If a doctor is writing large amounts of pain medication, then it should be researched. A determination needs to be made to ensure that kickbacks are not being given for writing high volumes of a particular prescription.

Negative Results
Medications that are administered inaccurately can result in terrible results for the user, especially when they have been advertised to do otherwise. Doctors are regularly paid to promote these medications, whether the patient needs it or not. Doctors are only authorized to write medications for known medical illnesses. Also patients need to be sure follow instructions for the prescription as incorrectly taking it can also have undesirable effects.

It is not unusual to question the medication your doctor has issued, along with the recommended dosage schedule. The question is about whether it addresses the medical problem and, more importantly, is it necessary. Medications that are unneeded are exactly that, and doctors who engage in writing prescriptions for financial gain are problematic for the system. Just because a doctor writes a medical prescription does not mean it is being addressed properly.

Jeanetta Champion, a medical assistant, contributes this article to let Americans know that there are checks and balances for prescriptions. The whistleblower lawyers at Goldberg Kohn have the experience, sophistication and resources required to take on even the largest corporate defendants. They can help with fraud claims and assist in any kickback schemes involving the medical community, pharmaceutical companies, medicare and medicaid. This firm won the largest financial judgement in the history of fraudulent claims.
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