Blog Posts in May, 2006

  • The Medical Malpractice Myth

    A new book written by a Connecticut Mutual Professor of Law and director of the Insurance Center at the University of Connecticut details the evidence show that in fact “the real problem is too much medical malpractice, not too much litigation.” In “ The Medical Malpractice Myth ” the author, Mr. Tom Baker, cites mostly medical journals to lay out the case against the myth that litigation is ...
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  • Clinton/Obama Offer Solution to Medical Malpractice “Crisis”

    Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama joined forces to tackle the issue of Medical Liability Reform. Their answer? Putting patient safety at the forefront of the discussions. In an opinion piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Senators clarify the legal systems role in bringing about changes for patient safety. They quickly dispel the notion that capping jury awards does ...
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  • ‘Wrong Site’ Surgeries On The Rise

    The horrific stories of patients going in for surgery on one part of their body, only to have another part operated on, is on the rise. A recent article in USA Today. The horrors include mistakingly removing wrong limbs or organs, slicing into the wrong side of the body, or performing surgery on the wrong patients. A study published in the Archives of Surgery found the events on the rise, and ...
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  • Ban On Mercury in Children’s Vaccines Facing Stiff Opposition

    Just when we thought mercury would be phased out of all childrens’ vaccinations, the poison makes a return. The following is excerpted from a recent LA Times article: “The push for legislation comes long after the uproar over continued use of thimerosal, a mercury-based antibacterial agent, appeared to subside in 1999, when manufacturers began phasing it out of routine pediatric vaccines. But the ...
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  • Doctor Sues Pfizer For Fraudulent Misrepresentation

    This week, David Longmire, M.D., an Alabama neurologist and specialist in neuropathic pain evaluation and management, filed a lawsuit against Warner-Lambert, Inc. and its parent company, Pfizer for fraudulent misrepresentation, concealment and deceit. This lawsuit arises out of a May 13, 2004 prosecution in which Warner-Lambert and its Parke-Davis division, acquired by Pfizer in 2000, pled guilty ...
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  • Scientific Researchers Breaking the Rules

    A recent flurry of gross scientific misconduct has brought light on a disturbing new trend-scientists engaging in everything from twisting test results to achieve a certain result to flat out fabrication and falsification. The world saw the worst when the breakthroughs in stem cell cloning by a South Korean researcher were found to be completely faked. More close to home, in December we learned ...
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  • Fraud and Safety Concerns Surround Antibiotic Ketek

    The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Senator Grassley of the Senate Finance Committee demanded a probe into the FDA’s handling of safety concerns with the popular antibiotic Ketek . Produced by Sanofi-Aventis, the drug is being linked to liver failure and deaths. Most disturbing is the fact that a researcher who worked on a major study of Ketek pleaded guilty to charges that she ...
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  • Bausch & Lomb ReNu With MoitureLoc Permanently Withdrawn From Market

    A team from Bausch & Lomb met with officials from the FDA on Friday to address concerns about its ‘MoistureLoc’ line of contact lens solution. A breakout of a rare eye fungal infection is being linked to the brand. Bausch & Lomb shared results of their internal investigation into the outbreak with the FDA, and the FDA supported their decision to recall the product. It will be interesting to see ...
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  • Study Links Mercury Preservative in Vaccines With Immune System Dysfunction

    “A new UC Davis study links a mercury-containing preservative once prevalent in many children’s vaccines to immune system dysfunction in mice. The findings are sure to heighten the debate over whether vaccines play a role in causing autism, especially since there is growing evidence that many autistic children have irregular immune systems. The researchers released their results with an abundance ...
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  • Insurance Suit Involving Undervaluing Cars Settles For $92 Million

    “The Lakin Law Firm of Wood River and the Chicago law firm of Freed & Weiss LLC filed the lawsuits in 2001 against multiple providers of car insurance. The lawsuits alleged the companies used a computer system to routinely pay below-market values for vehicles wrecked beyond repair. The final settlement was approved in December by Madison County Associate Judge Ralph Mendelsohn, but Lakin attorney ...
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  • Which Drug Is Better? Depends On Who Pays For The Study

    “Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. recently funded five studies that compared its antipsychotic drug Zyprexa with Risperdal, a competing drug made by Janssen. All five showed Zyprexa was superior in treating schizophrenia. But when Janssen sponsored its own studies comparing the two drugs, Risperdal came out ahead in three out of four. In fact, when psychiatrist John Davis analyzed every ...
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  • Study Further Shows How Cox-2’s Cause Heart Attacks

    “Painkillers called COX-2 inhibitors may increase the risk of heart attacks by raising blood pressure and making the blood more likely to clot, researchers said on Thursday. They do so by the same mechanisms that they use to reduce pain and inflammation, said University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine researcher Dr. Garret FitzGerald, who led the study. But the finding shows that a new ...
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