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Author:  Margaret R.  Moreland, J.D., M.S.L.S..

Source: Volume 10, Number 03, March/April 2009 , pp.37-40(4)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Joshua Farnam, a 27-year-old inmate at the Graham Correctional Center in Illinois, has suffered from cystic fibrosis for his entire life, and in January 2008 he filed a pro se Eighth Amendment action alleging deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs, along with a request for a preliminary injunction ordering that he be provided with specific treatment for his condition. In 1973, after inmates at the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Oak Park Heights filed a class action claiming that their prison medical care violated the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, the District Court for the District of Minnesota issued a negotiated consent decree that, without any admissions being made by prison administrators, set up medical standards for the prison. The Third Circuit recently heard an appeal filed by Keith Rozzelle, an inmate at SCH-Greene in Pennsylvania., He was denied treatment with Accutane, although it had had previously controlled his severe cystic acne during his time at other facilities. The medication was discontinued when tests indicated he had elevated liver enzymes shortly after his transfer to SCI-Greene. New drugs were tried over the following months, and he was ultimately sent for to an outside dermatologist for a consultation.

Keywords: acceptable protocol, percussion vest, Tobramycin, Prison Litigation Reform Act, Hines v. Anderson, Retin-A

Affiliations:  1: Pace University School of Law Library.

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