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March 2014 Archives

How Could Social Media Use Lead to a Suspension of a License to Practice In Your Medical Profession?

While at work, an Alabama nurse posted information on her Facebook about her patients. While she did not mention any patient names specifically, she posted her place of employment, the unit she worked on, and enough particulars so that the patients could be identified. The Alabama Board also received complaints about the licensed nurse while off-duty. The Alabama Board of Nursing charged her with unprofessional conduct in her failure to respect or safeguard the patient's dignity, right to privacy, and confidential health information. Pennsylvania has similar disciplinary provisions. Posting comments about patient care on Facebook or other social media sites could lead to Board review and possible sanctions.

Ex-doctor sentenced in drug sample case in Pennsylvania

Sometimes, pharmaceutical companies give free prescription drug samples to doctors. It is illegal for doctors to sell such free samples. Being accused of such illegal conduct can lead to significant consequences for a doctor. Recently, such allegations led to a 77-year-old man from McDonald who worked as a family doctor voluntarily surrendering his medical license and being given probation, community service and a fine.

If you are a licensed nurse, doctor, dentist, pharmacist or any other professional in Pennsylvania, call The Law Offices of Brian E. Quinn for help. Based in Philadelphia, our attorneys have decades of experience in the fields of professional license defense, criminal defense and family law.

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