America's dentists face unprecedented financial liabilities if they currently prescribe, or have previously prescribed, opioids to their patients. That's true, says veteran business journalist Dennis Kneale - this week's guest on Good News Dentistry™ - even if you followed all of the regulations to a T.
Indeed, as Dennis recently wrote in The Wall Street Journal, total claims related to the nationwide Opioid Crisis could well dwarf the sum total of all cancer claims against Big Tobacco. And dentists are likely to find themselves smack dab in the middle of the legal crosshairs.
While the manufacturers of opioids are certainly most exposed to damage claims, companies and individuals up-and-down the opioid distribution chain - including thousands and thousands of dentists -may be on the hook for sizable damages. In fact, Dennis reports, plaintiffs' attorneys are on the hunt for any pockets of cash they might empty.
How likely are plaintiff's and their attorneys to go after prescribing dentists, and how soon? Dennis can't forecast.
But it is fair to warn that each and every time dentists prescribe opioids for their patients, they may also be writing themselves an invitation to costly litigation.
Dennis's impressive journalistic résumé includes stints as an anchor and senior correspondent for Fox Business; technology and media editor at CNBC, managing editor of Forbes magazine, and senior editor at The Wall Street Journal.
Be sure not to miss these other editions of Good News Dentistry™:
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Host Dean Rotbart is an award-winning former reporter and columnist with The Wall Street Journal. Good News Dentistry™ is produced by The Dental Good Life, a proud sponsor of DOCS Education.
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