Blog Posts in February, 2006

  • Medicare Drug Benefit Boon to Drug Companies

    The Bush Administration’s recent Medicare “improvement” legislation proved to be a complete fiasco . Elderly in need of life saving drugs where not covered by the program, and a reported increase of $800 billion to the cost of prescription drugs to the government and its beneficiaries over the next decade. According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the provisions entered at the ...
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  • WV Chamber of Commerce Push to Deny Workers Compensation Benefits to Widows

    In an repulsive move by the Chamber of Commerce in West Virginia, state legislation that would strip benefits from widows of coal mine workers who died from occupationally caused respiratory failure is being pushed. Within months of the tragic coal mine disaster in that state, the Chamber wants to limits the amount of benefits that would pass to a deceased workers spouse and children. Just another ...
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  • Medtronic Accused of Millions in Kickback to Doctors

    Based in Minneapolis, Medtronic is one of the largest medical device makers in the country, with around $10 billion in annual sales. Like other large companies in the industry, Medtronic continues to have problems with some of their products–and failing to tell doctors and patients about the problems. With the recent recall of two of their defibrillators, and questions about safety regarding some ...
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  • Baby Formula Recall

    “Mead Johnson and FDA notified consumers and healthcare professionals of a recall of one lot, lot # BMJ19, of GENTLEASE powdered infant formula, found to contain metal particles up to 2.7 millimeter in size. If an infant were to inhale the infant formula into the lungs, the presence of these particles could present a serious risk to the infant’s respiratory system and throat. There were ...
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  • FDA To Examine Risks of ADHD Drugs

    Reports of deaths, strokes, heart attacks and hypertension in children and adults taking drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are spurring new government studies into the medications’ safety. Sales of drugs to treat ADHD have increased sharply in recent years, with use growing at a faster rate among adults than children, according to a recent study by Medco Health Solutions, a ...
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  • Chicago Bar Association Fights Back After Cook County is Falsely Named Judicial Hellhole

    “Don’t believe for one minute that the Cook County Circuit Court is a “judicial hellhole.” That’s what the American Tort Reform Assn. (ATRA) branded our courts recently. The judiciary, bar and public all deserve an apology from ATRA for its caustic and misguided vilification.” Read the full article in Crain’s Chicago Business here .
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  • New Law Protects Louisiana Insurance Policy Holders in Wake of Katrina

    “The Louisiana Department of Insurance moved Thursday to avert a crisis by enacting an emergency rule that prevents insurers from dropping policyholders waiting on hurricane repairs. Emergency Rule 23 requires companies to keep commercial and residential policies in effect at their existing rates until people are able to repair damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The rule came just days ...
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  • Exanta Removed From the Market

    Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca today removed their anti-coagulant drug Exanta from the marketplace. Used in a small amount of patients for short-term prevention of blood clots after surgery, AstraZeneca removed the drug due to adverse event reports of serious liver damage. Read AstraZeneca’s press release here .
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  • A Modern Day Nightmare: Trafficking Body Parts

    “Hundreds of very live Americans are walking around with pieces of the wrong dead people inside of them. A macabre scandal has spread from a body-harvesting lab in New Jersey to hospitals as far away as Florida, Nebraska and Texas as hundreds of people discover that they have received tissue and bone carved from looted corpses, not least the cadaver of Alistair Cooke, the late and erudite host of ...
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  • President Bush Wrong Again on Medical Liability

    President Bush said in his State of the Union Address on January 31, 2006, that “because lawsuits are driving many good doctors out of practice — leaving women in nearly 1,500 American counties without a single OB/GYN — I ask the Congress to pass medical liability reform this year.” The American Bar Association sent out a fact sheet the debunks the President’s claim. According to data provided by ...
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  • Trasylol Linked to Kidney Failure and Heart Attack

    This week a new study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine which raised quite some eyebrows. The drug Trasylol which is normally used after surgery to control bleeding has been found to increase the risk of kidney failure and increase the risk of an heart attack. Trasylol of which the working ingredient is atropinin, is one of the leading drugs produced by Bayer AG, the German ...
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  • Death in Roll Over Accident Caused By Lack of $43 Improvement

    Gary Skinner died at the age of 48, crushed to death when his 1999 Ford Ranger rolled over and the roof collapsed in on him. Even more troubling than the man’s death is the fact that the auto industry knew as far back as 1966 that the roof support was inadequate to protect the car’s passengers. A General Motors document recently made public indicates that the problem of inadequate roof support ...
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  • Buying the Medical Profession

    New evidence keeps emerging that the medical profession has sold its soul in exchange for what can only be described as bribes from the manufacturers of drugs and medical devices. It is long past time for leading medical institutions and professional societies to adopt stronger ground rules to control the noxious influence of industry money on what doctors prescribe for their patients. Last week ...
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  • Settlement for Family of Brain Damaged Child in Mold Case

    A family who claims toxic mold in their home caused brain damage in their baby has reached a settlement against a lumber company and 16 other defendants. The parents said their child became sick because of mold on framing studs that had been improperly stored by the lumber company. The lumber company settled the day after the judge barred the wood supplier from using 10 of its 17 experts, ...
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