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<p> Failure to prescribe opioid analgesics in a manner that reflects &ldquo;pharmacovigilance&rdquo; can expose a physician not only to charges of unprofessional practice, but in extreme cases, even criminal prosecution, warns Ben A. Rich, JD, PhD, emeritus professor of internal medicine (Bioethics) at UC Davis School of Medicine. Malpractice lawsuits alleging the physician&rsquo;s prescribing led to drug-addicted patients are another concern.</p>

Are opioid ‘pain agreements’ on solid ethical ground?

Issue is ‘at the convergence of two perfect storms’