Menlo Park woman receives $22M medical malpractice verdict [Palo Alto Daily News, Calif.]

Publication Date: 3/21/2012

Source: Palo Alto Dailey News (CA)

March 21–The Palo Alto Medical Foundation has been slapped with a $22 million medical malpractice verdict after a Menlo Park woman suffered a stroke during an unnecessary procedure and lost the use of her arms and legs, her attorney said.

Doctors at the medical foundation ordered an angiogram on Oct. 20, 2006, to investigate an abnormal vein in the brain of Robyn Frankel, who was seeking treatment for migraines, said Jeff Mitchell of San Francisco-based law firm Emison Hullverson Mitchell LLP. The procedure was done at Stanford Hospital & Clinics because the medical foundation lacked the necessary facilities.

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Governing the Use of Stimulants, Update on Regulation 7

By Bradley C. Diner, MD, Board Certified Psychiatrist, Arkansas Psychiatric Society Member

Originally printed in the AR State Medical Board’s Winter 2012 Newsletter Issue #52

The Arkansas State Medical Board recently published an update of Regulation 7 governing the use of stimulant medication. This update was a much needed revision of a previous regulation which included outdated diagnostic terminology, inadequate inclusion of all stimulants on the market and ambiguity in the clarification of physician requirements for prescribing. The update was given much thought and included editing by the Arkansas Psychiatric Society in order to provide acceptable guidelines that reflect the current standard of practice.

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Regulation 7 Governing the Use of Stimulants

Story originally printed in the Arkansas State Medical Board’s Fall 2011 Newsletter Issue #51

The Board reviewed letters from physicians expressing confusion regarding the recent changes to Regulation 7 governing the prescribing and use of stimulants. As a result, the Board voted to remove the word “subsequent” from Section 2 of the regulation. A public hearing will be conducted early next year for the Board to take testimony and possibly adopt this proposed amendment. Be sure to check our website for information of the date and time for this public hearing.

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