Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 3 Episode 17

Conscience

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 28, 2004 on USA

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    • Nitpick: The show implies that Dr. Ford's use of DMSO with the patient in question was unethical because its only FDA-approved use on humans is for cystitis (bladder inflammation). The implication is unwarranted for at least two reasons. First, it isn't necessarily unethical to use an approved drug for purposes other than those for which approval was granted. Second, any MD in the country can obtain FDA-approved [experimental use only] DMSO formulations from Dr. Stanley Jacob at OHSU in Portland OR. If lab/industrial or 'horse linament' DMSO was used on a human patient, definite ethical problems would exist, but, assuming informed consent of the patient or her guardian, there's no problem.

    • Nitpick: DMSO is a very common laboratory reagent - the doctor and/or laboratory would not need any kind of written protocol to have the stuff around.

    • Nitpick: DMSO leaves a distinctive garlic-like taste in your mouth, whether injected or absorbed through the skin. Dr. Ford would've noticed the DMSO before she even got to the pool and long before the fentanyl could put her to sleep so she'd drown.

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