Roe v. Wade Overturned, Ending 50 Years of Abortion Protections

The US Supreme Court has voted to overturn the federal constitutional right to abortion, which will now leave the issue to be decided on a state-by-state basis. According to some estimates, some 25 million women of reproductive age will now live in states that ban or severely restrict abortion. Twenty-six states are “certain or likely” … Read more

Will Physician Intent Matter in SCOTUS Pill Mill Cases?

Legal experts are divided on whether the US Supreme Court’s eventual decision on the cases of two physicians convicted for illegal opioid distribution will have precedent-setting implications for medicine. Attorneys for Xiulu Ruan, MD, and Shakeel Kahn, MD, both pain management specialists, argued — along with some medical organizations, business groups, and law professors, through … Read more

Former Physician Sentenced to 20 Years in Pill Mill Case

A former pain medicine physician received a sentence of 20 years in prison for selling opioids and writing prescriptions for patients who were abusing or diverting the medications. Patrick Titus, 58, operated Lighthouse Internal Medicine in Milford, Delaware, from 2005 to 2014. Federal prosecutors said Titus unlawfully distributed or dispensed opioids including fentanyl, morphine, methadone, … Read more