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Murray v. UNMC Physicians
Citation:806 N.W.2d 118 (Neb. 2011)
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The decedent, Mary Murray, suffered from pulmonary arterial hypertension, which can ultimately lead to heart failure. Flolan vasodilator can extend life if administered 24 hours a day and costs about $100,000 per year. Mary’s doctor wrote the order for Flolan, pending insurance approval, but Mary died of cardiac arrest before the approval came through. Mary had not started the treatment due to fears of the potentially deadly consequences of interrupting treatment at a later date. Medical experts could not agree on what caused the heart failure and thus if earlier use of Flolan would have prevented it.
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