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Blog Posts in March, 2010

  • New Legislation Introduced to Improve Illinois Nursing Homes

    It was recently reported that officials are advancing with legislation to improve safety in Illinois nursing homes. The proposed legislation aims to improve inspections of nursing homes, increase penalties and enforcement, and require homes to make details of their financial and safety records more public. The amendments first are reviewed before the City Council Health Committee and then reviewed ...
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  • Illinois Helps Mentally Ill Patients Move as Part of Court Settlement

    Recently, it was reported that Illinois will help thousands of people move out of mental institutions. The move is part of a settlement that resolves a 2005 complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asserting that Illinois violated the civil rights of 4,500 mentally ill individuals. The complaint claims that Illinois forced mentally ill people to institutions, and that their ...
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  • FDA Alerts Physicians of Increased Fracture Risks from Fosamax

    Earlier this week, the FDA announced that physicians need to watch for the possibility of femur fractures in patients taking Fosamax, a drug primarily used to treat osteoporosis and to. A femur fracture is an injury to the thigh bone, one of the strongest bones in the body, and usually occurs when a large amount of force is applied to the area. However, patients who have taken Fosamax for a couple ...
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  • Nursing Homes Continue to Use Inappropriate Anti-Psychotic Drugs

    According to the Boston Globe's recent analysis , about 2,500 nursing home residents in Massachusetts were given powerful antipsychotic drugs last year that were not appropriate for their medical condition. In many cases, the medications were given due to the lack of behavior management techniques, experience or manpower in nursing homes to handle agitated patients. This trend of increased ...
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  • Illinois Medical Malpractice Claims and Payouts Stable, Contrary to Insurance Company Claims

    In 2005, Illinois enacted a law that was just struck down which placed a $500,000 cap on non-economic damages recoverable by patients against doctors and a $1,000,000 cap in cases against hospitals in medical malpractice cases. Although the caps were recently overturned by the Illinois Supreme Court, proponents of the caps argued that malpractice claims and verdicts have been rising rapidly, ...
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  • Confusion between Maalox Brand Products May Lead to Serious Medical Errors

    Recently, the FDA notified consumers and healthcare professionals about reports of serious medical errors where patients had mistakenly used Maalox Total Relief, when they intended to use a Maalox liquid antacid. Both products are available without a prescription, but are not interchangeable. Consumers were confusing traditional Maalox with Maalox Total Relief, an anti-diarrhea medication that ...
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