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Monday, April 16, 2012

TMA STANDS UP FOR DEFAMED PHYSICIAN

A former leader of TMA’s rural medicine advocacy activities has been severely criticized by a so-called “investigative report”by a Houston television station over his use of over-the-counter medications to treat patient wounds. Daniel Dugi, MD, of Cuero sued KPRC-TV for defamation over its highly inaccurate series of reports. Dr. Dugi won at both the trial court and Court of Appeals. KPRC appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that physician-plaintiffs in defamation lawsuits must prove a higher standard of negligence. TMA filed a formal legal brief with the court, rejecting KPRC’s argument on libel and also outlining typical standards of care for over-the-counter drugs.

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