Medicolegal Implications of Common Rhinologic Medications

David M. Poetker, Timothy L. Smith

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As otolaryngologists, we prescribe many medications to our patients. The objective of this article is to review the potential side effects and medicolegal risks of the common medications used to treat chronic rhinosinusitis. The authors evaluate some of the common side effects as well as the published literature on the lawsuits associated with those medications. Finally, the authors review the informed consent discussion and opportunities to improve patient care and decrease the risk of litigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)817-826
Number of pages10
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • Adrenal cortex hormones
  • Antibiotics or antibacterial agents
  • Informed consent
  • Jurisprudence
  • Malpractice
  • Narcotics
  • Steroids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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