Hickory, NC asked in Medical Malpractice

Q: what is the law on a dr abandoning a patient and declines refilling the patients maintanence medications

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: As a general doctrine, a doctor unjustifiably abandoning a patient with whom a doctor-patient relationship exists could possibly constitute malpractice. But you must consult with a North Carolina attorney because state law-specific provisions could apply; your post remains open for two weeks. Also as a general point, it would depend upon the context of the situation, taking into consideration such things as the patient's conduct, for example, fulfilling an obligation to follow a doctor's recommendations. Does the medication present risks to the patient? Is a doctor's reluctance to renew prescription based on concerns about the welfare of the patient? Those are just some points, among others, that go to the issue of context. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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