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Medication side effects are the #4 leading cause of death in the U.S. annually (JAMA 1998). Yet, few people receive adequate information when medication is prescribed. This website is dedicated to providing information to help you and your doctor make informed, intelligent choices about medications and natural alternatives to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of treatment. Note: This website is free of drug company or government influence. Jay S. Cohen M.D.

Dr. Jay S. Cohen, M.D.



With the publication of Dr. Cohen’s books, and medical journal and consumer articles, Dr. Cohen has frequently been asked to provide his expert opinion on litigation involving harm due to medications or to questionable medical care.

Dr. Cohen’s areas of forensic expertise include:

Adverse drug reactions, adverse drug events

Medical errors, medication errors, pharmacy errors

Medical negligence, malpractice

Pharmaceutical product liability

Inadequate warnings in package inserts

Imprecise dosing guidelines in package inserts

Failure to provide informed consent to patients

Forensic analysis requires very similar skills as Dr. Cohen employs for his research and writing.  These skills include thorough literature reviews, comparative analyses of methods, in-depth scrutiny of the events of the incident, and excellent writing skills.  Dr. Cohen covers every facet of each case, and his opinions are strong, evidence-based, comprehensive and compelling.  Attorneys have commented on the quality and substance of Dr. Cohen’s opinions.

Dr. Cohen has testified in depositions and in court.  Dr. Cohen usually works with plaintiffs’ attorneys, however he has helped defend doctors whose actions were medically appropriate.  The cases in which Dr. Cohen has been involved have enjoyed a very high rate of success.

Dr. Cohen is an Adjunct (voluntary) Associate Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine, and of Psychiatry, at the University of California, San Diego.  Dr. Cohen is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine.  He practiced general medicine and psychopharmacology until 1990, when he decided to devote his time to researching the underlying causes of the extremely high incidence of adverse reactions, hospitalizations and deaths, from prescription drugs.  His subsequent publications have attracted widespread attention, including the attention of the FDA, which invited Dr. Cohen as the keynote speaker at a major conference at the agency. Yor are encouraged to learn more about Dr. Cohen, his presentations, publications and his other work.

Attorneys who are interested in contacting Dr. Cohen can leave a message at 858-509-8944 or send an email via the link to Warwick Graphics at bottom of this page.

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