Blog Posts in December, 2010

  • Depuy Recall Exposes Flawed FDA Procedures

    A recent article by the New York Times reveals a flawed medical implant system that is under intense scrutiny after the recall of 93,000 DePuy A.S.R. hip replacement implants. Originally promoted as a breakthrough in design that would last patients at least 15 years, the device is failing worldwide at unusually high rates after just a few years. Some patients have had to undergo painful operations ...
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  • State Officials Pushing Legislation to Stop Sex-Offending Doctors

    A recent Chicago Tribune report shows that Illinois policymakers are taking steps to stop sexual misconduct by physicians in this state. State officials are pushing a number of bills that are aimed at stopping doctors who sexually abuse patients. The report details reforms such as legislation by Attorney General Lisa Madigan that would require law enforcement officials and state regulators to ...
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  • Painkiller Ziconotide May Trigger Suicides

    Experts warn that the painkiller ziconotide is linked to an increased suicide risk in vulnerable patients. The drug is a synthetic version of a toxin derived from a marine snail and is used to treat severe chronic pain in patients that do not respond to other medications. Although treatment with the drug helps block out the pain, researchers found that it also causes psychiatric complications and ...
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  • Study Finds Patient Safety Is Not Improving in Hospitals

    Hospital stays continue to be hazardous to a patient's health and efforts to reduce medical mistakes are falling short, according to the first large study of patient safety in a decade. The recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine focused on the practices of 10 North Carolina hospitals from 2002 to 2007. Researchers chose North Carolina because the state is considered a leader ...
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  • FDA Delay May Have Caused Thousands of Deaths

    After decades of controversy over the painkilling drug propoxyphene, sold as Darvon and Darvocet, the FDA recently pulled it from the market. But new data shows that the agency's delayed response may have been deadly for thousands of patients who took the drug. The medical community expressed serious concerns over health risks associated with the drug for most of the 50 years that it was on the ...
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