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Pennsylvania doctor trading drugs for sex

Those licensed in a particular profession also owe a duty to their clientele to behave professionally and not make light of their obligations. A licensed doctor just north of Pittsburgh decided on the course of trading drugs to his patients in return for sexual favors. This behavior of the doctor dated all the way back to 1999.

That such a practice could lead to tragedy is not surprising. Unfortunately, one of his patients that had received more than twenty prescriptions from this doctor also happened to die of an overdose. It is yet to be seen whether this practice will involve the doctor in a wrongful death and medical negligence suit.

It's not unreasonable to expect from all of our medical care providers only the best of care since healthcare is such a vital part of our lives. Licensed doctors must complete an undergraduate program, attend medical school, participate in an internship, pass their board exams, and promise to meet a variety of state and federal requirements.

All told, those that complete medical school and go on to becoming physicians now pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition. In turn, they generally receive salaries in the six-figure range. Such doctors are expected to act professionally and ethically at all times, yet we still find stories like this. By no means is this typical of licensed doctors, but it does send a message that unethical behavior is present within the medical profession.

We can be assured that this doctor will never practice licensed medicine within the United States again as he is now facing 6 to 10-years of imprisonment. Unfortunately, imprisonment will never make up for the damage that he has done, and that's where medical malpractice lawsuits come into play.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Live, "Pine doctor gets jail time in drug death," by Brian Bowling, Jan. 24, 2012

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