My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: SC
I volunteered to help this Doctor. I have been doing so for about a year. As time went by I came to know him more and more. He disclosed that he was having "some problems with the medical board". He is currently under investigation, for the amount and type of medication he is writing and some other issues that aren't relevant to my question. The medical board is also looking into the case of another patient who died from a prescription overdose. Finally, just a few weeks ago another patient has died as well from a suspected overdose. I do not believe the board is even aware yet of that particular one.
My primary concern is one specific patient. This patient receives vast's quantities of pain meds. I have asked him over and over again to please stop writing the patient meds. To please refer her/him to someone else. Finally he agreed to take the patient off of pain meds and transition them to Suboxone, which is what is used for opioid dependent patients. This patient is very persistent and I found in the past that she/he would wait (sometimes for hours) until after I left the office so that she/he could go in there with some trumped up story about why she/he needs replacement meds.
I had a long discussion with the doctor two weeks ago, told him this patient was manipulating the hell out of him, typed up a letter for the patient, informing them that this was to be their last prescription and from that point forward, there would be no more opioids written. He agreed to the letter and after I pushed him, got her/him to sign it on the last visit.
Well, I know that her/his was due to come back into the office this week. I have access to the prescription program and pulled up her/his history. I almost fell on the floor. The patient came to see him yesterday and got another prescription for pain meds. Since the medical board has become involved he has QUADRUPLED her/his intake. I FEEL LIKE VOMITING. Can I get into trouble for being associated with the doctor and the doctors office? I believe he may be arrested. Is a person, who is not really an employee, obligated in any way to report this? Can I be charged with aiding and abetting because of my role in the office? Although it is not a formal one, anyone looking at the paperwork in the office would assume that I was an employee and I have access to all aspects of this practice.
I want to confront him, but I have before. The doctor has responded to me in two different ways when I have confronted him in the past: 1. by saying, I AM THE DOCTOR and 2. by agreeing with me and promising not to prescribe her/him anymore. The fact that he continues to write these prescriptions is appalling to me and I care about him greatly as an individual. However, no mentally stable person, upon being confronted by the medical board for grossly over prescribing, would then proceed to QUADRUPLE the prescribed amount.
WHAT THE HELL DO I DO? LEAVE? I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT IT HAS COME TO THE POINT THE I AM SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING CONTACTING AN ATTORNEY TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN HE IS ARRESTED AND IT MAKES THE NEWS AND THE PAPER, THAT I AM NOT SWEPT UP IN THIS.
I would greatly appreciate any advice that anyone has in this matter.