Blog Posts in May, 2005

  • Increase in Nursing Home Violence

    An alarming trend of violent acts by and against residents of nursing homes is surfacing. Statistics from the federal Administration on Aging shows that in 2003, the number of reported patient-on-patient assaults increased to 5,515, from 5,000 in 2000. During this same period, the number of reported nursing home patient-on-patient sexual assaults shot up 51 percent, to 1,302 in 2003. This increase ...
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  • Did Pfizer Keep Viagra Users in the Blind of Potential Risks?

    Sounds a bit funny at first, but unfortunately it is no joke. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have associated Viagra use with a rare type of blindness called non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy or NAION. The study was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology . A press release by the University states: The onset of NAION within hours after ...
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  • More Fodder for All Bark No Bite FDA Black Box Warnings

    A recent article in the USA Today looked into the effectiveness of the FDA’s black box warning. This is the most stringent warning the FDA can place on a drug, and most recently placed the warning on antidepressants and the arthritis drug Celebrex … The problem with these warnings is they fail to adequately warn of the dangers of the drug. Either the warnings themselves are not known or they go ...
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  • 100,000 Vioxx Lawsuits Possible

    The federal judge overseeing the consolidated federal court Vioxx cases in New Orleans told plaintiff and defense attorneys that there may be over 100,000 Vioxx lawsuits filed. Judge Eldon Fallon, an experienced mass tort litigation judge, presided over the status hearing where attorneys argued over scheduling and discovery matters. The first Vioxx trials are scheduled to be held in state court. A ...
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  • Stroke Victims Are Often Taken to Wrong Hospital

    Stroke is the No. 1 cause of disability and the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S. Of the 700,000 strokes annually, 164,000 of them result in death. One of the most critical factors between living or dying from a stroke is time. As each minute passes after suffering a stroke, the odds of survival diminish. Another important factor between life and death is being taken to a hospital set up to ...
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  • The Frivolous Case for Tort Reform

    It is hard to go anywhere in the country right now and not hear about tort reform. Battle cries of “doctors are fleeing the state!” and “judicial hellholes” and “jackpot justice” are favorites for proponents of legal reform. These cries stir passion, but are there any facts supporting these claims? The answer is simply no. The Economic Policy Institute recently examined claims made by ...
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  • AFL-CIO, NAACP, Alliance for Retired Persons and Others Against Illinois Medical Malpractice Reform

    The following organizations have denounced medical malpractice reform, including any caps placed on the recovery of those injured by negligent doctors. Their recent letters to the Illinois General Assembly are linked below: Illinois Chapter of the AFL-CIO Illinois Chapter of the NAACP Illinois Chapter of the Alliance for Retired Americans Illinois Council of Service Employees International Union ...
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  • Medical Errors Responsible for Nearly 100,000 Deaths Each Year

    A recent article in USA Today summarized a study released by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). According to JAMA, tens of thousands of deaths occur each year in the U.S. due to medical negligence, despite a push over the last five years for patient safety. The article cites the complexity of health care systems, resistance of doctors to admit fault, and health insurance ...
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  • Pfizer Flirts with Returning Bextra to the Market

    Pfizer’s CEO, Hank McKinnell, stated recently that Bextra will likely return to pharmacy shelves. He failed to mention when this may occur, and in reality it is doubtful whether it happens at all. Drugs returning to the market after being withdrawn are stigmatized and never reach sales equal to those before the withdrawal. And for good reason. The increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and the ...
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  • Want to Keep Expensive and Dangerous Drugs on the Market? Throw Money at Congress.

    The Center for Public Integrity, a consumer protection watchdog in Washington D.C., released some disturbing numbers about drug lobbyists. Since 1998, the pharmaceutical and health products industry lobbied on more than 1,400 congressional bills, spent $759 million in lobbying efforts, and employed almost 3,000 professional lobbyists. This is more money and resources spent lobbying than any other ...
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  • Illinois Lawmakers Pushing to Limit Victim’s Rights

    Republicans and Democrats alike are currently pushing a medical malpractice reform bill through the Illinois General Assembly. This bill severely limits a victim’s access to the courts by capping their ability to recover for losses caused by a negligent doctor. This bill is riding a wave generated by the battle cry of “doctors fleeing the state” and “who is going to deliver your baby?”. This cry, ...
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  • Choosing the Right Nursing Home in Chicago

    There is an alarming rate of nursing home injuries including physical, psychosocial, cognitive and financial harm. The most common physical injuries are the result of an unnecessary fall. Of the 1.5 million nursing home residents nationwide, approximately 50% fall at least once per year. Of the residents that fall each year, 10-20% of the falls result in serious injury. Among people 85 years of ...
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  • An Honest View from the Other Side

    To err is human–a fact that is avoided or denied by some doctors and the medical profession generally. Well, we all know that accidents will happen and it is better to accept that fact and take steps to avoid future accidents. This is the ‘so simple it might just work’ idea summed up in a doctor’s recent comments to the Washington Post. The doctor recognizes that the focus on tort reform and ...
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  • Chicago Area Nursing Home to be Shut Down

    On April 27, 2005, Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that proceedings have been initiated to close down the Emerald Park Health Care Center in Evergreen Park. At the request of the Illinois Department of Public Health , Attorney Madigan filed an emergency motion in Cook County Circuit Court to appoint an administrator to oversee the Home’s closing. You can read the IDPH press release here . ...
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  • No Link Between Rising Malpractice Rates and Lawsuits

    The consumer group Public Citizen recently released its summary of national data on medical malpractice insurance and lawsuits. The study showed no evidence of a link in the recent meteoric rise of insurance premiums and malpractice lawsuits. “The hard, factual evidence cannot be any clearer: We have no medical malpractice lawsuit crisis in America,” said Joan Claybrook, president of Public ...
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  • State Finds Sex Offenders Living in Nursing Homes

    The Chicago Sun Times recently reported the rash of convicted sex offenders currently living in nursing homes in Illinois. State law does not require that the sexual abuse conviction be disclosed to residents of the nursing home. A check with the State revealed that there are 100 convicted sex offenders living in 54 nursing homes, long term care facilities, and supportive living centers in ...
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  • Illinois’ increasing malpractice insurance rates due to bad doctors

    The simple truth about rising medical malpractice rates in Illinois is finally coming to light. A recent article in the Chicago Tribune highlights one of the core problems with rising medical malpractice rates in Chicago: negligent doctors. It seems simple enough, but it is a cause of the problem that is rarely heard over tort reformist’s battle cry of frivolous lawsuits… According to recent ...
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  • Allstate Lowers Car Insurance Rates in New York, but Illinois Stays Stagnant

    Allstate release a statement today agreeing to reduce rates for car insurance in New York at the request of New York legislators. Citing a reduction in car accident fraud in 2003 and 2004, Allstate agreed to reduce rates by 5.1% or 15 million dollars in savings for consumers. Allstate insures 1.5 private automobiles, or 17 percent of the market in New York. Allstate, based in Northbrook, IL, is ...
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