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Blog Posts in June, 2007

  • Chinese Tires Recalled

    “Federal officials have told a small New Jersey importer to recall 450,000 radial tires for pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans after the company disclosed that its Chinese manufacturer had stopped including a safety feature that prevented the tires from separating. Jeffrey B. Killino, a personal-injury lawyer from Philadelphia, said the company came forward only after it was named as a ...
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  • Hospital Staph Infections Rampant

    “As many as 1.2 million hospital patients are infected with dangerous, drug-resistant staph infections each year, almost 10 times more than previous estimates, based on findings from a major new study. And 48,000 to 119,000 hospital patients a year may be dying from methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, far more than previously thought, the study suggests. The Tribune ...
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  • Prescription Info Used to Improve Sales or Safety?

    “How do pharmaceutical companies know which doctors prescribe the latest and most expensive brand name drugs? They have inside information on the prescribing habits of virtually every doctor in the United States. Pharmaceutical and device manufacturers buy this information from the American Medical Association and from companies that match the AMA’s data with pharmacy records. While such practices ...
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  • Untold Injuries From Hospital Tubing Misconnections

    “When nurse Julie Thao put a spinal drug in Jasmine Gant’s arm at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison a year ago, the fatal mistake struck many as a freak event. But Thao’s intravenous delivery of an epidural pain medication was an unusually public example of a quiet but dangerous health care problem: tubing misconnections. At least 1,200 times in the past nine years, U.S. hospital workers have ...
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  • CDC Wastes Case on Consultants

    “The top U.S. public health agency spent millions of dollars on a Hollywood consultant, a lavish visitors center, and a 70-foot-by-25 foot “wall of plasma televisions,” a senator’s report said. Using some money intended to fight bioterrorism, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paid out more than $1.7 million since 2001 to get producers to include public health messages in ...
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  • Mississippi Atty General Sues State Farm

    “Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood sued State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. on Monday, claiming the company failed to honor an agreement for a mass settlement of claims over Hurricane Katrina damage. In January, Hood agreed to drop State Farm from a lawsuit his office filed against several insurance companies. Hood did that after State Farm settled with lawyers for homeowners on a $50 million ...
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  • Families Call for Hospital Safety

    “When her 18-month-old daughter Josie died after a series of medical mistakes at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore six years ago, Sorrel King was consumed by grief and anger, wanting to destroy the hospital and even end her own life. But with three other children to live for, she and her husband Tony decided they had to help fix a broken system. “We had to do something good that would ...
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  • Hospital Nightshift Nightmare

    “It’s midnight in Charleston, South Carolina, and something has gone terribly wrong in room 749 of the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital. The patient, Lewis Blackman, is a 15-year-old boy recovering from surgery to correct a relatively common birth defect called pectus excavatum, or sunken chest. The condition is not life-threatening and never seemed to slow Lewis down. A ...
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  • WTC Dust From 9/11 Blamed For Attorney’s Death

    “New York City's chief medical examiner, Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, has for the first time directly linked a death to exposure to dust from the destruction of the World Trade Center. In a letter made public yesterday, Dr. Hirsch said that he was certain "beyond a reasonable doubt" that dust from the twin towers contributed to the death of Felicia Dunn-Jones, 42, a civil rights lawyer who was engulfed ...
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  • JAMA Study Emphasizes Crucial Role of Lawsuits For Drug Safety

    No great surprise to the readers of this blog, but a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that litigation serves an important role in protection American from dangerous drugs. An excerpt is found below: “In the past decade, several widely used prescription medications have been observed to cause life-threatening adverse effects, and some have been ...
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