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Jail Doctor’s Refusal to Continue Oxycontin as Pain Medication Upheld  


Author:  Fred Cohen.


Source: Volume 15, Number 03, March/April 2014 , pp.41-41(1)




Correctional Health Care Report

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Abstract: 

Of particular interest is plaintiff Holloway’s claim that during that period of detention, the jail medical director and two nurses were deliberately indifferent to the inmate’s serious medical needs in that the jail physician refused to continue the Oxycontin he was prescribed for his chronic pain caused by Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome. The physician instead prescribed Ibuprofen and Extra Strength Tylenol for plaintiff’s pain management. There is no dispute as to the seriousness of plaintiff’s medical condition. Thus, the question was whether the doctor and possibly the nurses who followed the doctor’s orders were deliberately indifferent.

Keywords: Holloway v. Delaware Co. Sheriff (Indiana) et al., 700 F.3d 1063

Affiliations:  1: Executive Editor.

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