Vol. 39 No. 05

Minimizing the risk of lidocaine toxicity

May 11, 2018

In 2005, a 22-year old student in South Carolina died from a fatal dose of lidocaine after she was given a topical anaesthetic gel by a spa employee and told to apply it from her groin to her ankle and cover it in plastic in preparation for hair removal treatment on her leg.

Clinical variations in pyoderma gangrenosum

May 10, 2018

An age-specific evaluation of patients with pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) may allow for the development of focused algorithms for prioritizing assessment based on age, according to a cohort study of 356 cases of PG in JAMA Dermatology.

Can I be sued for off-label use within standard of care?

May 10, 2018

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?

Vertical dermatology integration without dermatologists

May 10, 2018

The adoption of business concepts into medical practice creates challenges for physicians who have little business background. It places too much focus on the business of medicine and not enough on the practice of medicine.

Key steps to avoid a malpractice lawsuit

May 10, 2018

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.

How to pair energy-based devices with cosmetic injectables

May 10, 2018

The long-held belief that combining lasers with fillers could destabilize or damage fillers has largely been debunked. You can safely use both together, say physicians reporting at this year's ASLMS meeting. In this article, dermatologists cover how best to apply energy-based devices with cosmetic injectables safely and effectively.

FDA approves a new, more powerful psoriasis drug

March 29, 2018

“As we move toward finding a cure for psoriasis, what we are looking for are high performance drugs that provide durable response in between treatments and that lend themselves to patient compliance,” says Dr. George Martin.