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Doctor Deviated from Erectile Dysfunction Standard of Care

Doctor Deviated from Erectile Dysfunction Standard of Care

A doctor in Ansonia, Connecticut has been disciplined and fined $5,000 for several misjudgments in care, including prescribing excessive doses of opioids without documenting the need for the drugs and deviating from the standard of care in assessing and managing back pain, Type 2 diabetes and erectile dysfunction in patients.

Dr. Joel Zaretsky has been permanently restricted from prescribing controlled substances for more than 15 days, except in acute cases. In addition, his medical license is on probation for 18 months.

During this probationary period, Dr. Zaretsky is being required to have a doctor randomly review his patients’ medical records.

He also agreed to take courses in diagnosing and managing erectile dysfunction, back pain, and Type 2 diabetes, although he wouldn’t admit to any wrongdoing.

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Although all the details of Dr. Zaretsky’s case haven’t been disclosed, it’s difficult to understand how a doctor would have trouble diagnosing and managing erectile dysfunction.

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There are currently several FDA-approved erectile dysfunction pills on the market, including Viagra, which works for more than 80% of men. Perhaps it’s possible that Dr. Zaretsky didn’t prescribe Viagra, or that he did but didn’t review the patients’ health first.

After all, erectile dysfunction can be a symptom of underlying health problems, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

It’s also possible that he didn’t review his patients’ current medications before prescribing Viagra. Certain drugs can interfere with Viagra.

Men who take nitrates for chest pain or guanylate cyclase stimulators for pulmonary hypertension shouldn’t take erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra because the combination can cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure.

In addition, doctors and patients should review all current prescriptions, herbal supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter medicines and both legal and illegal substances that the patient is taking to ensure they don’t interact with Viagra.

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