'Docs must tell patients about drugs' ill effects'

“The law on medical negligence also has to keep up with the advances in the medical science as to treatment as also diagnostics. Doctors increasingly must engage with patients during treatments especially when the line of treatment is a contested one and hazards are involved. “Standard of care in such cases will involve the duty to disclose to patients about the risks of serious side effects or about alternative treatments,” a bench of Justices S B Sinha and Deepak Verma observed.

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