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Blog Posts in November, 2010

  • J&J Recalls Benadryl, Motrin

    Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson announced yet another recall...this one involves four million cherry-and-grape flavored Children's Benadryl allergy tablets and about 80,000 bottles of junior-strength Motrin caplets. The company cited manufacturing problems as the reason behind the recall, but said that the medicines still work and are still safe for consumers to use. The recall is aimed at ...
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  • Thanksgiving Weekend Dangerous for Drivers

    Thanksgiving is one of the busiest and most dangerous times of year for drivers, with more than 40 million drivers expected to hit the roads this holiday weekend. Along with an increased incidence of drunk driving, other road hazards include season weather problems and traffic jams. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 354 fatal accidents happened over Thanksgiving ...
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  • Seniors Using High-Tech Sensor Networks in Homes

    A recent CNN report shows that some seniors are using technology to stay independent without sacrificing their safety. Sensor networks, which are common in hospitals and assisted living centers, have found their way into the homes of some older Americans. The high-tech systems collect information about a person’s daily habits and conditions, then relay that information in real-time to doctors or ...
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  • Preventing Medical Mistakes

    As Medical Malpractice attorneys at the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm recently reported, medical mistakes are becoming far too common, leading to thousands of deaths and costing billions of taxpayer dollars every year. Patients are especially at risk on Thanksgiving. A recent study revealed that medical mistakes are more likely to happen on Thanksgiving and other major holidays. An editorial from USA ...
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  • Thanksgiving Warning: Deep Fried Turkeys Lead to Burn Injuries

    Deep frying a turkey on Thanksgiving has become a popular trend, leading to delicious yet potentially dangerous results. Deep fried turkeys carry a greater fire risk than their traditional baked counterparts, and additional safety steps should be taken to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday. Every Thanksgiving results in reports of house fires caused by deep frying turkeys. When oil is used to ...
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  • Medicare Agency Takes Steps to Improve Harmful Patient Care

    In the aftermath of a new federal report that found one in seven Medicare patients experienced harmful care while hospitalized, the government health program for the elderly is taking steps to improve patient safety. As we recently reported in this blog, each month an estimated 15 percent of Medicare patients suffer from complications that extend their stays, contribute to their deaths, and cost ...
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  • FDA Cracking Down on Drug Risks after Avandia

    Recent and bitter debates over the diabetes drug Avandia and other controversial drug products appear to be getting the attention of regulators. Industry insiders say that the Food and Drug Administration is increasing its scrutiny of product risks, particularly those caused by diabetes drugs. The FDA imposed severe restrictions on Glaxo's Avandia drug in September, following three years of debate ...
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  • Hospital Care Deadly for Some Medicare Patients

    An alarming new government study shows that an estimated 15,000 Medicare patients die each month as a result of hospital care. Medication errors account for more than half of these deaths. The study, released last week by the Department of Health and Human Services, is the first of its kind. It randomly sampled a nationally representative group of 780 Medicare patients who were discharged from ...
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  • Nissan Recalls More than Half a Million Vehicles

    Steering problems led Nissan to recall more than half a million vehicles in North and South America last week. The Japanese automaker is recalling 303,000 Frontier pickup trucks and 283,000 Xterra sport utility vehicles built between 2001 and 2008. A corrosion problem with the lower steering column joint and shaft has been shown to limit steering movement, making the vehicles difficult to steer. ...
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  • Drug Firm Hired Athletes to Draw Doctors

    Another scheme of gift-giving to doctors recently came to light when one of the nation's largest drug manufacturers reportedly used a group of professional athletes to lure doctors to dinners where pharmaceutical companies could pitch their products. A new report by the Washington Times shows that Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp. paid more than $3.6 million in fees to top sports figures such as New ...
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  • New Survey Shows Doctors Taking Fewer Freebies from Drug Companies

    A recent national survey conducted by a group of Boston researchers found that fewer doctors are taking handouts, such as drug samples, gifts, and all-expense paid trips from drug companies. The survey shows declines across the board in doctor's ties to drug companies. The number of physicians paid by drug companies to attend meeting in exotic locations sharply declined from 35 percent in 2004 to ...
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  • Investigators Criticizes FDA Device Oversight

    Investigators claim that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not doing its job of properly monitoring the safety of medical devices, which may have contributed to hundreds of deaths in the case of at least one device. The online edition of BMJ reported this week that the FDA "is lax in both its initial approval of devices and ongoing monitoring of related problems." This lack of oversight ...
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  • Lawmakers Push for More Transparency from Nursing Home Owners

    Finding the true owners behind local nursing homes is a challenge that federal health officials hope to resolve, according to a new report released this week. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Senators Chuck Grassley, Max Baucus, and Rep. Pete Stark, commissioned the report, which found that private investment firms are buying up nursing homes at an increasing rate, leaving behind a ...
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  • Glaxo Agrees to Pay $750 Million for Selling Defective Drugs

    An update on British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline, producer of the recently restricted diabetes drug Avandia, announced last week that the company agreed to pay $750 million to settle criminal and civil complaints over the sale of faulty drugs. U.K's largest drug maker sold 20 questionable drugs at its former plant in Puerto Rico, including Avandia, Paxil, and Thorazine. A former Glaxo quality ...
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  • FDA Warns of Thigh Fractures from Fosamax

    Medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are carefully following the latest warnings from federal health officials about a possible link between Fosomax and rare femur fractures. Several years after concerns first surfaced, the FDA issued a new warning for Fosomax and other biphsophonate drugs that are designed to make bones stronger. Instead of preserving the brittle bones of ...
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  • Recalled DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuits

    Lawsuits over the recent DePuy hip recall continue to mount, as thousands of people experience devastating pain and the need for additional surgeries. Concerns are also being raised over the toxic metal on metal parts of the implants, which can enter a patient's bloodstream and cause metal poisoning. In August 2010, a DePuy ARS hip recall was issued after studies confirmed that the device has an ...
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