Is it misuse to use medication for off-label uses? A patient sues after developing facial pain and other symptoms associated with the use of a topical for scabies. Is this physician guilty of practicing medicine outside the standard of care?
Aesthetic practices that provide laser and light-based therapies should be cognizant of legal issues that may affect the practice. “Legal issues arise in all facets of medicine. However, in cosmetics, the patient’s expectation of outcomes is often in conflict with that of the clinician. There is a heightened potential for patient dissatisfaction that can ultimately lead to legal action,” says Dr. Mathew Avram.