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12/21/2003

Prosecutors want Rush Limbaugh’s medical records unsealed

Next week a West Palm Beach judge will hear arguments that Rush Limbaugh’s seized medical records are “relevant and necessary” to a prescription drug investigation and should be unsealed.

Under Florida law, the records must remain sealed unless the state can show a “compelling reason” to view them.

Prosecutors claim that the records show evidence of “doctor shopping” for prescription painkillers. Limbaugh’s attorney Roy Black states that the medical records show that Limbaugh had legitimate reason for taking opioids and that prosecutors have political motives for pursuing a case against him. Limbaugh states that his privacy was violated by the records seizure and that he cannot receive proper medical treatment without them. See NewsMax.com, Dec. 20, 2003.

Additional information:

Doctors’ offices should post a Miranda warning, says AAPS ad - PDF

Very high doses of opioids may be needed to control pain (JPandS Vol8no1) - PDF

AAPS calls for congressional hearings on the harassment and prosecution of doctors who treat chronic pain .

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