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Can doctors at one practice disclose patient medications and patient treatment to other doctors at different practices without the patient's consent?

At my first appointment at 28 weeks pregnant my OBGYN told me (after I told her I took my prescribed Adderall when asked about all the medications I was on) that I needed to discontinue my ...
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Do the MD/DC Boards of Physicians have legal policies for physicians with an active license that are charged with a DUI?

Does the Maryland Board of Physicians and DC Board of Physicians have any regulations or rules indicating what to do when a board-certified physician with an active license to practice in Washington, ...
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Is it legal to sell eyeglasses without a current prescription?

I lost a pair of eyeglasses and contacted the store from which I bought them asking if they could sell me an identical replacement. A clerk there said that they can't because my "prescription ...
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Can a vaccine be required by law?

This question came up because I read that Bolsonaro, Brazil's president, was criticized by the opposition for saying that COVID-19 vaccinations won't be mandatory. The opposition said that the vaccine ...
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Pollard v USHS: Tuskegee under the cudgel

While reading up about infectious diseases, I came upon the case of the Tuskegee study, which in 1932 was set out to observe a group of people for 6 months and then cure them of the observed ailment ...
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Can the law limit what heath care providers I see if I have commercial and medicaid?

There's a bit of story to this: We had been trying to find a therapist for my son. We wanted one that we felt comfortable with. We didn't care if the provider was out of network or if we'd have to pay ...
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Can a prisoner choose not to be autopsied after execution or is it a legal requirement?

I'm a writer so I've been trying to do some research for one of my MCs who ends up getting executed but has the ability to come back from the dead, preferably with a body intact so an Autopsy isn't ...
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Why is it difficult to import 5-HTP (a form of Tryptophan) into some countries? [closed]

5-Hydroxytryptophan(WP) is sold in various places around the world as a dietary supplement that may boost serotonin levels, with possible benefits as a sleep aid, antidepressant, appetite suppressant, ...
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Does the ADA prevent private entities from asking customers if they have a disability?

Some people have claimed that if a potential customer without a mask attempts to enter a privately owned store/business, then the Americans with Disabilities Act makes it illegal to ask the person if ...
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Would injecting employees with thiomersal be an osha violation? [closed]

The osha limit for occupational mercury exposure is 50 micrograms per cubic meter. Vaccines are way more. Would injecting your employees with thiomersal be an osha violation?
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Can POTUS make FDA approve a drug (such as hydroxychloroquine), or make it available over the counter?

President Trump is known to have taken hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a prophylactic against COVID-19. Some prominent medical scientists also came out in support of HCQ for outpatients (as opposed to ...
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Dmha/octodrine legality in europe, preferably in latvia but generally in europe would give a good picture

Its a fat burner/stim a couple of years ago was widely available in pre workouts/fat burners but i havent seen in in a while. Alternative names are Ottodrina; Vaporpac; Amidrine; 2-Amino-6-...
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Does forbidden reproductive cloning prevent prescription of clomifene and similar treatments?

Fertility treatments with clomifene (like Clomid) increases the birth rate of identical twins more than twice. Identical twins are a form of cloning. Does criminilization of reproductive cloning make ...
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Are hospitals required to provide language interpreters to patients?

California, USA. The hospital is on COVID lockdown, no visitors allowed. The patient had a stroke, lost her English, but seem to understand her native language; she slowly and barely coherently speaks ...
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How to search for court records regarding medical malpractice for a particular physician?

New York state (US) here. I would like to know what tools/sites/etc. I can use for searching any pertinent court records/documents regarding medical malpractice suits against a particular physician. ...
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Do medical staff report wounds from rubber bullets like they do for gunshot wounds?

This question comes from a curious debate I'm in the middle of. Thankfully it's a completely wound-free debate (physically speaking). But I'm not certain if a rubber bullet wound is 'real' gunshot ...
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Is there any law limiting the extent to which one can grow brains in a lab in the United States? (e.g., max number of neurons, synapses, etc.)

Is there any law limiting the extent to which one can grow brains / brain organoids in a lab in the United States (e.g., max number of neurons, synapses, etc.)? E.g. to study brain diseases {1} or add ...
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In Washington state must a doctor report things that happened in the past?

Are Washington state's mandated reporting requirements triggered if a doctor discovers that their adult patient had been abused in the past? What if there are no longer any 'protected populations' at ...
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Are healthcare service employees required to notify anybody (in general or particular) of a HIPAA violation?

I was notified by one of our patients that they received a "Summary of Today's Visit" in the mail, however, it wasn't their own "Summary of Today's Visit", it was that of another patient. Knowing ...
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Is a patient legally obligated to pay for non-emergency medical services that were not requested by the patient?

Is a patient required to pay for non-emergency services they did not request from a medical provider? For example, a radiology clinic takes an x-ray and then sends it to a 3rd party radiologist for ...
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Are there any HIPAA like technical requirements in EU for developing health related web software?

It looks like in the USA developers adhere to HIPAA standards when developing and hosting health-related software. But I can't find anything similar to the EU. GDPR is all about being transparent and ...
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Can a government in the US enforce administration of a drug onto a US citizen during a public health crisis?

Is there a law or a judgment from a Court in the United States wherein it is established that a government (at any level) in the US, during an officially declared public health crisis, can enforce ...
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is a doctor who do consults with children legally required to not do consults with adults?

This is a real problem for me, my previous doctor who did consults with me until i was 17 passed then stopped my consults with him. the frustrating part is that i was not well informed about what ...
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Does the FDA have authority to regulate medical devices which aren't marketed?

I'd like to know if there is anything in US law that gives the FDA authority over medical devices which aren't marketed; and where that is in the law specifically. I did a quick search of Title 21, ...
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Would making a cyborg be legal?

Recently, I've re-watched the movie Robocop (2014), and a question has come to my mind: Would making a cyborg be legal in the US? Notes: By "cyborg" I mean a robot-human hybrid, where the brain is ...
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Is it legal to purposefully contract COVID-19?

I may have a number of reasons for wanting to intentionally expose myself to the coronavirus. (Examples: I feel more capable of surviving it while I am younger. It reduces my ability to carry and ...
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Is gidazepam considered legal in Ukraine?

I've checked the table of illegal drugs, and it seems like every other benzodiazepine is in there. But for some reason gidazepam is not. So is it considered legal (because I'm not sure)?
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Does a doctor have to release medical records from the last 5 years?

My mother stopped seeing a doctor about a year ago. She has been without a PCP. She just procured a new one and was asked to get her medical records. Her old doctors office told me today that those ...
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Could a charity manufacture patented medications for free?

Let's say there is a patented medication that is very effective and very expensive at the pharmacy, say $1,000/dose. But also assume that the medicine only costs $1 to formulate - most of the "cost" ...
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California Unruh Act Medical Condition Definition

I was surprised to learn that the Unruh Act uses a really narrow definition of "medical condition" which only includes cancer and "genetic disorders." Los Angeles municipal code also protects AIDS ...
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Paid sick leave for full-time employee in DC

According to the District of Columbia’s Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act, both full- and part-time employees to be paid sick and safe leave for use under certain circumstances. I'm working as a ...
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Is it Illegal for a Debt Collection Agency to Collect on an Individual for a Worker's Compensation Claim?

If someone were to have a worker's compensation claim in Texas that had been approved but unpaid, can the medical provider legally file a claim against the injured? More specifically, the employer ...
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Are documents generated by the patient part of psychotherapy notes under HIPAA?

HIPAA defines psychotherapy notes as follows (emphasis added): Psychotherapy notes means notes recorded (in any medium) by a health care provider who is a mental health professional documenting or ...
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Does this sound like I should get a lawyer and does anyone have any suggestions for what lawyer?

I had breast cancer and was seeing a plastic surgeon for reconstruction. I had several problems with infections and had several surgeries to place expanders and take them out. During my second to last ...
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Limits to Gillick Competence

Please note: Gillick Competence is not to be confused with the Fraser Guidelines which is only concerned with contraception. Gillick Competence is: a term originating in England and is used in ...
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Can I refuse a 2nd drug test after “failing” The first from a doctor writing my medication

I live in Virginia and I recently took a urine drug test my psychiatrist wanted because he was prescribing Valium. Came back that I had a different Benzodiazepine in my system that I have never been ...
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What recourse does a patient have in the event of accidentally false medical records?

This story relates to my husband. He's 35 years old and had a vasectomy a few months ago. After the waiting period, he underwent the lab test to check that the procedure was successful. A few days ...
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Do I have a case to challenge a private medical invoice that wasn't covered by insurance?

I had private medical insurance as part of my employer, I rang up in October for an appointment and one was "authorised" for January. I then left my job in December and still attended in January. (I ...
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Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice

My Mom was killed by Kaiser, I have the hospital report. She died from sepsis but was on dialysis. They were giving her contraindicative drugs, treating her for diabetes, which she did not have and ...
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Could a Doctor Refuse to Treat a Patient in an Emergency?

Suppose a man commits a hate crime against (Hypothetical Church), and in the midst of the crime, the man is critically wounded by the police and rushed to the hospital. Suppose there is only one ...
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Is there a legal professional who can be hired to assist with insurance for patients with complicated medical needs?

Is there a specific category of legal professional that could be hired specifically to assist with the filing of the paperwork and management of insurance claims on behalf of an individual? I am not ...
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Cobra medical benefits life event

My employer has several health ins plans. My employer is required to provide Cobra coverage as it has several dozen employees. If I were to choose one during open-enrollment, then get laid-off, the ...
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Can plastic surgery office deny removing your before pictures from your file?

I was a patient @ Evolution MD. It is a plastic surgery / med spa that offers various treatments. I had a genital bleaching done a month ago, some pictures where taken and I was informed it was for my ...
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Are medical malpractice lawsuits part of the public record?

I know most lawsuits in the U.S. are part of the public record. Exceptions can be made to remove the names of minors etc., but, for the most part, lawsuit details are openly available. With that said, ...
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Bill of Rights protection against mandatory vaccination?

Does the the "privacy" protection afforded by the Bill of Rights covers unwanted medical treatments, including unwanted drug taking, notably mandatory vaccines?
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Practicing medicine across state lines

An answer to a question on MedicalSciences.SE prompts my question. Suppose I live in Wisconsin and I fly to Texas to undergo a procedure with a specialist there (I chose the states arbitrarily; I'm ...
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Does US federal law prohibit the possession of an uncontrolled prescription drug without a prescription, and if so, according to which provision?

What specific provision in US federal law, if any, prohibits the possession of an uncontrolled prescription drug without a prescription? I've had a lot of trouble finding the answer to this question, ...
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Does a GP sending patient info to a hospital without asking for consent violate medical ethics?

So, let’s say that you went to a General Practitioner (GP) about some pain, got some tests done, and they told you that you were fine; all the tests came back normal. Then, some time later, they look ...
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What can qualify as a terminal illness with respect to assisted suicide?

As an example, HIV used to be considered a terminal disease by doctors. Nowadays, there are treatments which extend life significantly for HIV patients, and doctors consider it to be a manageable ...
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Drug test, pharmacist father good friends with nurses and doctors

I have a doctor's appointment today with an orthopedist to check out m my inflamed sciatica. My father is a local pharmacist, and the doctors office is literally behind the pharmacy. Needless to say ...