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Blog Posts in August, 2005

  • Lawsuit Keeps Drug Companies From Blocking Generic Drugs

    A recent victory in an anti-trust class action brought against drug maker Smith Kline kept them from inflating the price on their drug, Paxil. Even the Federal Trade Commission was unable to do what a group of trial attorneys accomplished for the benefit of the public. Smith Kline repeatedly filed patent challenges to delay the introduction of generic forms of the drug. This is a tactic used ...
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  • Perrigo Infant Medication Recall

    Perrigo and FDA notified healthcare professionals and consumers of the recall of all lots of concentrated infants’ drops that are packaged with a dosing syringe bearing only a “1.6 mL” mark containing 1] acetaminophen,2]acetaminophen, dextromethorphan HBr, and pseudoephedrine HCl, or 3]dextromethorphan HBr, and pseudoephedrine HCl. The dosing syringe may be confusing in determining the proper dose ...
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  • Doctors' Plaintiff Side Testimony Chilled in Malpractice Actions

    Dr. Barry Schifrin was a well respected parinatologist and member of the American College of Obstretics and Gynocology (ACOG), up until he testified on behalf of the plaintiff in a medical malpractice action against another member of the ACOG. After his testimony, the defendant ob/gyn filed a complaint and censure against Dr. Schifrin with the ACOG citing unethical behavior while testifying. The ...
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  • Welding Fume Litigation: The Next Asbestos?

    The federal judge overseeing the Welding Fume MDL in Cleveland, Ohio, recently ruled to allow evidence and expert testimony linking welding fumes and Parkinson’s Disease. Defendant companies have long argued that pinpointing the origin of neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s is difficult, and to say that welding fumes is the cause is impossible. However, it has been known since the early ...
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  • Brandon's Arms: Flawed Handgun Design Paralyzes Child

    To give you some idea of the types of cases that the new gun laws will eliminate, consider the plight of Brandon Maxfield of Northern California. He was shot in the face by a Bryco Arms pistol, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down for life. A jury found that the safety feature on the handgun was defective. The safety required the user to put it on “Fire” in order to unload the gun. It is not a ...
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  • 23-Year-Old, Brain-Damaged Patient Sexually Abused and Impregnated at Chicago Healthcare Facility

    The mother of a 23-year-old brain-damaged patient found to be pregnant while living in a Bloomingdale healthcare facility has sued the company and the doctor who cared for the woman, alleging abuse and neglect. Cheryl Hale-Crom, filed a civil suit in Cook County alleging her daughter was sexually assaulted and physically abused by “agents and employees” of the Alden Village Health Facility for ...
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  • Vioxx Played Dodge Ball With Doctors Concerns About its Safety

    In 2001 Merck had a dilemma on its hands. A study indicated Vioxx’s three-to-five fold increase in the risk of heart attack and other serious cardiovascular events. Doctors were asking questions. Why should they prescribe this drug if there are so many risks associated with the drug? Merck responded by arming their sales force with a pamphlet called “Dodge Ball”. The pamphlet included information ...
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  • Jury Awards Widow $253 Million in First Vioxx Trial

    Justice was served in Texas today. The jury in the first Vioxx case to go to trial awarded $253 million to the wife of the deceased marathon runner, Robert Ernst. This award included $229 million in “exemplary” or punitive damages, sending a clear message to Merck that the public will not stand for the harm caused to potentially tens of thousands of Americans. The $229 million awarded in punitives ...
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  • $5 Billion Class Action Filed Against Teflon Maker DuPont

    Two lawfirms in Florida recently filed a class action lawsuit against DuPont alleging that a chemical in Teflon causes cancer and other health problems. The suspect chemical in Teflon is called perfluorooctanoic acid and its salts, known as PFOA, or C-8. The lawsuit asks the giant chemical company to provide medical monitoring to the millions potentially effected by PFOA, warnings placed on all ...
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  • Most Expensive Healthcare in the World; Lawsuits No Factor

    As if we needed another study proving that malpractice lawsuits have nothing to do with the skyrocketing malpractice insurance premiums. US citizens pay 53% more per person for health care than any other industrialized country. And in spite of the political rhetoric being tossed around by the current administration and in Springfield, malpractice lawsuits have little impact on these high costs. ...
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  • Kawasaki Recalls ATVs

    The CPSC and Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A., of Irvine, California, are recalling about 155,000 Kawasaki Model Year 2001-2005 Prairie and Brute Force All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). A significant impact to the front wheel of the ATV while the steering is fully turned to either side can result in suspension damage, wear and an eventual loss of steering control that could result in injury or death.
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  • Provident Hospital Cited for Significant Health Code Violations

    The Illinois Department of Public Health filed multiple reports citing significant health code violations putting patients “at risk for serious harm or death.” The conditions are so bad that the state has twice declared the hospital being in “immediate jeopardy” which is the states’ code for the most serious violations. The list of citations include: *patients left unattended who died, including a ...
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  • A Victory Over Managed Care

    As part of a class action lawsuit brought over 5 years ago, WellPoint Inc. , the nation’s largest health insurer, settled with physicians and medical providers for $198 million. The lawsuit alleged that restrictions and flat out refusal of payment for certain procedures was detrimental to patient care. Michael Sexton, the President of the California Medical Association , sums up the result of the ...
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  • Bill Passed Shielding Gunmakers From Suit

    The Senate passed a bill that would effectively protect gun manufacturers from lawsuits currently being pursued by many cities and municipalities across the country. The bill also makes lawsuits brought by individuals whose family members were killed or injured by guns very difficult to pursue. Proponents of gun control and industry regulation went ignored, as proposed amendments to outlaw hollow ...
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  • Silicone Breast Implants May Make Their Return

    The FDA began the initial approval process for a return of silicone breast implants to the market. The FDA told Mentor Corporation last week that its implants meet the initial criteria for approval. Several steps remain before final approval, but final approval is likely. Silicone breast implants have been banned since 1992 because of serious health problems linked with ruptures and leakage. ...
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  • State's Attorneys Investigate Price Gouging By Insurance Companies

    The State’s Attorney of Connecticut and Missouri recently announced that they would investigate the inexplicable spike in insurance premiums for medical malpractice insurance. Recent reports filed in each states’ respective insurance departments show that premiums charged to doctors have increased dramatically within the last five years, while total payouts have actually decreased in the same time ...
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