With all the known, serious reactions and side effects of Lyrica, and the big bold warning label saying, “Do NOT drink alcohol when using this medication,” how responsible is it for a licensed medical doctor to prescribe it to a patient who he knows has a serious drinking problem? A patient who died after taking one dose of Lyrica and washing it down with a half bottle of booze. This doctor admitted put into public record that the patient died of “alcoholism.”
Regardless of Lyrica’s many known dire side effects, what business does a doctor who prescribes it to an alcoholic have keeping his medical license or continuing to “treat” other patients who may end up just as dead? Is this doctor a self-appointed Angel of Death? Who is he to decide to mete out his own judgment and brand of justice, while rationalizing his actions by telling himself he was serving the greater good? Hell, maybe he even thought the patient would heed his warning about drinking this time, even though he never had before.
While Lyrica may be at fault for intentionally misleading doctors and patients, as cited in the Lawsuit link above, in my view, the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the doctor who was licensed after taking the Hippocratic Oath.
“First do no harm” my ass.