Since the late 1990s, Donald Trump’s longtime doctor has been implicated in three medical malpractice suits, all of which were settled out of court before they reached trial. In two of those cases, Dr. Harold Bornstein was accused of egregiously and improperly overmedicating patients.
The Daily Beast claims that, in 2002, Bornstein “paid $86,250 to the husband of a former patient to settle a lawsuit alleging that Bornstein overmedicated his wife with powerful, unneeded prescriptions, which contributed to her addiction — and ultimately her death.” And in 2000, Lorraine Pollifrone alleged in a lawsuit that Bornstein “improperly medicated” her husband, Vincent Pollifrone, which caused him to die during a colonoscopy. That case was settled out of court for an unknown amount.
In another lawsuit, filed in 1999, plaintiff Kenneth Levin accused Bornstein of being “negligent, careless, and unskilled in failing to properly diagnose” and treat his wife, Janet Levin. According to the complaint, the doctor continued to prescribe barbiturates and sedatives “despite full knowledge that these prescriptions were not for the treatment of any known condition and in amounts that were well above therapeutic levels.” Janet Levin suffered a fall and died in 1998, according to medical records.
It was recently reported that Dr. Bornstein, who has been Trump’s physician for 35 years, wrote a glowing recommendation of the Republican nominee’s health in five minutes while a limo waited outside.
(Via The Daily Beast)