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Controlled Substance

A "controlled substance" means a drug, substance, or immediate precursor defined by State and Federal Controlled Substances Act. The Uniform Controlled Substances Act was drafted to maintain uniformity between the laws of the several states and those...

Cruzan v. Missouri Department of Health (1990)

Cruzan v. Missouri Department of Health (1990) was an important United States Supreme Court case involving an incompetent young adult and the “right to die.” This case was the first "right to die" case heard by the Supreme Court. In...

Directive to Physicians

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: living will

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DNA

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryDeoxyribonucleic acid, a double chain of chromosomes in the nucleus of each living cell, whose combination determines each individual's hereditary characteristics. Because each person's DNA is different...

Doctor-Patient Privilege

Doctor-patient privilege, also known as physician-patient privilege, refers to a confidential communication between the doctor and the patient that receives protection from disclosure.

The common law does...

Euthanasia

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryBringing about the death of a person who is terminally ill and, usually, suffering. Sometimes called mercy killing.

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Flexible Savings Account (FSA)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn account into which employees may set aside pretax income for medical expenses not paid by health insurance (such as co-payments, premiums, and expenses that are outside of the employer's plan) or for...

Food and Drug Law

Food And Drug Law: An Overview

Food production has been regulated in the United States since the mid–1800s. But it was not until 1906, when both the Food and Drug Act (21 U.S.C. 1 et seq.) and the Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) were enacted...

Forensic Medicine

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe area of medical science that helps solve a legal question using scientific or technical facts. For example, coroners can often determine cause of death.

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Health

Health Law: An Overview

Broadly defined, health law includes the law of public health, health care generally, and medical care specifically. Preserving public health is a primary duty of the state. Health regulations and laws are therefore almost...

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