The Supreme Court sent a case back to federal appeals court for further proceedings, as the defendants, two doctors, produced evidence that they were authorized to dispense controlled substances.
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The two doctors were initially found guilty of misusing their licenses to write thousands of prescriptions for opioids.
However, the lower court did not require the jurors to consider whether the physicians had good faith reasons to believe the prescriptions were medically valid.
Over the past two decades, blame for the opioid crisis in the United States has been shifted from drug companies to pharmacies to physicians and back again.
The physicians in the case before the Supreme Court were both sentenced to over 20 years in prison. They will now get another chance in the lower courts to argue their side.
While opioids continue to be a problem, this case shows that there needs to at least be clarity on the part of jury instructions.
If you are a physician who routinely prescribes opioids, it is essential that you document well.
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