Nevada Doctor Charged with Medical Malpractice
Kevin Buckwalter, a Las Vegas-area family doctor, has recently been stripped of his medical license after a series of investigations revealed that at least eight of his patients died due to negligence and medical malpractice.
According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the state medical board, Buckwalter has allegedly over-prescribed prescription drugs and failed to monitor their use among his patients for years.
In one shocking example, medical records reveal that Buckwalter prescribed a single patient over 17,000 narcotic painkillers within a 4-year period – even after that man had already experienced an overdose on the same pain medication.
Details of Buckwalter's Medical Malpractice
Through the investigations of the Nevada Medical Examiner's Board, state officials have found evidence indicating that Buckwalter has recklessly prescribed potent drugs, without performing proper medical exams of patients, in dozens of cases.
While, to date, eight patients are known to have died due to Buckwalter's malpractice, tens of others have filed reports with the state medical board indicating that they have experienced severe injuries as a result of Buckwalter's reckless practices.
Along with prescribing the highly addictive drug OxyContin, Buckwalter also has a history of inappropriately prescribing patients:
In many cases, Buckwalter's prescriptions were written to known addicts and/or patients with a high risk of experiencing potentially fatal side effects from these drugs (either due to interactions with other drugs or the patient's medical history).
Additionally, many of Buckwalter's patient files failed to have detailed accounts of the patient's medical history, current medical diagnosis and associated treatment plan.
In response to these allegations, Buckwalter's attorney and brother, Bryce Buckwalter, has stated that all allegations against his client are unjust and stem purely from political reasons, rather than any actual malpractice on his brother's part.
While affected patients and families are currently compiling a series of class-action medical malpractice lawsuits against Buckwalter, the defendant will have a chance to appeal the suspension of his medical license in February during an administrative hearing regarding possible criminal charges against this doctor.
(Source: Consumer Affairs)
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