ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Veterans Affairs hospital in Albuquerque says it has launched a “comprehensive review” of cases handled by a physician accused of injecting patients with liquid plexiglass as a novel treatment for back pain.
The announcement came just days after the Journal reported Dr. Christian R. Schlicht, who once worked at the VA, is a defendant in 47 personal injury lawsuits filed by former patients at an Alamogordo hospital, which is now seeking bankruptcy protection because of the legal claims.
The VA isn’t named as a defendant in those cases, but court records show Schlicht claimed to have “invented” the plexiglass disc restoration treatment in 2004, while he worked at the Albuquerque VA hospital.
|From VA spokeswoman Sonja Brown
“Should any veteran treated by Dr. Schlicht at the VA have a specific concern about his or her treatment, we encourage you to contact the Chief of Staff’s office at the (VA in Albuquerque) by calling 1-800-465-8262 or 505-265-1711.”
The lawsuits raise the question of whether VA patients received the unorthodox treatments and, if so, whether VA administrators or physicians were aware of the practice.
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