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West Coast doctor facing medical license problems

There may be some doctors in Pennsylvania currently facing serious issues regarding their licenses to practice medicine. Sometimes, such problems arise when a patient or other staff member accuses a particular doctor of unethical behavior on the job. An anesthesiologist in another state was recently brought before the medical license board regarding a situation that resulted in the death of a patient.

The doctor was reportedly treating the woman for various adverse health conditions, including obesity, chronic pain and hypertension. Officials say he prescribed very strong narcotics to the woman as part of her treatment, every few months. He is accused, however, of failing to counsel the patient on the dangers of addiction associated with the controlled substances she was using.

At some point, the woman apparently underwent an injection procedure that included use of the drug Propofol. Sometime later, the woman died. California board administrators say the doctor was grossly negligent in failing to properly document events as they unfolded, including where the patient was when her heart stopped beating and who found her in an unresponsive state. Also allegedly missing from her hospital records is exactly how much Propofol was administered to her.

A Pennsylvania attorney experienced in medical license defense would be able to assist a doctor in this state facing similar administrative penalties. The doctor in this situation has been placed on probation for five years. What he may due in the course of his work during that time has been greatly limited. Acting under the advice of an experienced attorney may help a doctor in a similar situation avoid permanent negative consequences.

Source: ocweekly.com, "Dr. Edwin S. Kulubya's License Placed on Probation Due to Gross Negligence", Matt Coker, Sept. 6, 2017

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