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Blog Posts in January, 2007

  • Eli Lilly Actively Sought to Supress Internal Zyprexa Memos

    “The drug maker Eli Lilly instigated legal action against a number of doctors, lawyers, journalists, and activists over hundreds of internal corporate documents and emails said to have been obtained by them regarding the antipsychotic drug olanzapine (Zyprexa). Eli Lilly obtained a court injunction on 29 December ordering 16 individuals and organisations to stop publishing the documents and to ...
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  • New Study to Investigate Effect of Direct to Consumer Drug Marketing

    “Drug companies are spending exorbitant sums of money on television advertising, and their efforts are not in vain. Nowadays, consumers go to their physicians requesting prescriptions for drugs they’ve seen advertised on TV. But is drug advertising misleading consumers, asks a new study in the Annals of Family Medicine . The pharmaceutical industry says TV ads provide consumers with important ...
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  • Cause of Death? Docs Bad Handwriting

    “Doctors’ sloppy handwriting kills more than 7,000 people annually. It’s a shocking statistic, and, according to a July 2006 report from the National Academies of Science’s Institute of Medicine (IOM), preventable medication mistakes also injure more than 1.5 million Americans annually. Many such errors result from unclear abbreviations and dosage indications and illegible writing on some of the ...
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  • Medtronic Defibrillator Shipment Suspended Due to Quality Issues

    “Medtronic has voluntarily suspended shipments of its emergency-response external defibrillators made by its subsidiary, Physio-Control Inc, at its Redmond, WA facility. Physio-Control makes external defibrillators and other emergency-response products. Medtronic opted to suspend delivery of products after “quality system issues” were identified, a press release notes.” Read more here .
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  • Docs Took Kickbacks For MRI’s

    Let us add doctor fraud to the pot when discussing the rapid rise of healthcare costs and insurance premiums. ” The Illinois attorney general’s office claims that more than 20 Chicago-area radiology centers engaged in a widespread scheme to win referrals for MRIs by paying illegal kickbacks to doctors. The alleged scheme, which potentially resulted in health insurers being billed fraudulently for ...
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  • Continued Problems With Child Cold and Cough Medications

    The FDA MedWatch program recently reported its concerns with child infant mortality and children’s over-the-counter cough and cold remedies. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) article describing three deaths in US infants aged less than 12 months associated with cough and cold medications. These medications were determined by ...
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  • The Great Medical Malpractice Hoax

    Our friends at Public Citizen released a report dispelling the myths associated with the medical malpractice ‘crisis’. Are malpractice suits driving up the cost of healthcare? No. The answer is even more simple: medical malpractice. “The real problems are a lack of attention to patient safety, the high incidence of preventable medical error and the lack of accountability for a small set of doctors ...
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  • Business Trounces Trial Lawyers?

    What is the saying? Cut off your nose to spite your face? A recent article in Business Week exhorts “Business Trounces Trial Lawyers”. The article focuses on the state level tort reform efforts by business and insurance companies. No question that these efforts have been very successful in curtailing, if not altogether eliminating, the rights of those injured. However, two unintended effects are ...
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  • Doctor Criminally Charged For Testimony in Med Mal Case

    The doctor in the article below testified on behalf ofthe plaintiff in a medical malpractice action against a VA Hospital.It sounds like there were some discrepancies in his deposition testimony regarding his experience as a heart surgeon. Clearly stuff of cross-examination, but the feds did not stop there: they indicted him for it.I am not sure who prompted the indictment, because it appears the ...
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  • Jury Verdict in NY Asbestos Brake Exposure Case

    We have been discussing this new type of asbestos exposure on our radio show, 102.3 WYCA in Chicago. Overseas brake pad manufacturers may still use asbestos when making their brake pads.People performing brake jobs on old cars should also be aware.The grinding of the pads releases the asbestos dust into the air, presenting a serious hazard to those exposed. This is the first actual verdict I have ...
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  • Insurers Responsible For Unsolicited “Junk” Fax Penalties

    I am sure everyone near a fax machine has encountered a unsolicited or ‘junk’ fax.These are faxes sent by companies looking to sell everything from vacations to printer toner; from stock touts to mortgages. However, faxes sent without express consent from the receiver, or without a prior business relationship with the sender,are in violation of the Telephone Consumers Protection Act (TCPA). ...
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  • Eli Lilly Accused Covering Up Zyprexa Risks

    “The drug maker Eli Lilly has engaged in a decade-long effort to play down the health risks of Zyprexa, its best-selling medication for schizophrenia , according to hundreds of internal Lilly documents and e-mail messages among top company managers. The documents, given to The Times by a lawyer representing mentally ill patients, show that Lilly executives kept important information from doctors ...
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  • Federal Appeals Court Revives Slavery Class Action

    “Efforts to hold corporate America accountable for slavery got an unexpected boost last week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit revived a massive class action litigation that had been dismissed by a federal district court in Chicago. As I will explain, the decision, which was authored by Judge Richard Posner, is a bit of a paradox: It offers the standard conservative analysis ...
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