Blog Posts in October, 2010

  • Deadly Superbug Spreading in Chicago Nursing Homes

    Deadly strains of bacteria resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics are quickly spreading in Chicago hospitals and nursing homes. The "superbug," is formed when common bacteria produce an enzyme known as KPC, which is resistant to a class of antibiotics doctors depend when other treatments fail. KPC bacteria were first reported in North Carolina more than a decade ago. Now the germ is ...
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  • Tainted Records Revealed for Doctors on Drug Company Payrolls

    An investigation by nonprofit investigative journalism group ProPublica uncovered hundreds of physicians on big pharmacy company payrolls that lacked credentials as researchers or specialists, were disciplined by state boards, or faced allegations of professional misconduct. Physician licensing records in the 15 most populous states and three others showed sanctions against more than 250 doctors, ...
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  • Protocols Fail to Stop Surgery Mistakes

    Despite efforts to end surgical errors, a new study shows that surgery mistakes are still occurring far too often. Amputating the wrong leg or removing organs from the wrong patient are just a few common surgical blunders reported to a Colorado insurance database from 2002 to mid-2008. The study appears in the Archives of Surgery Medical Journal and includes 27,370 self-reported incidents. ...
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  • Federal Prosecutors Probe Diabetes Drug Avandia

    British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline recently reported that its controversial diabetes drug Avandia is under investigation by federal and state law enforcement officials. The announcement comes less than a month after the Food and Drug Administration issued severe restrictions on the use of Avandia because it increased the risk of heart attacks. Regulators in Europe pulled the drug off the market ...
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  • ABUSE AND NEGLECT AT LOCAL CHILDREN’S NURSING HOME

    An investigation by the Chicago Tribune revealed a decade of abuse and neglect at Alden Village North, a nursing home on Chicago's North Side that cares for children with severe mental and physical disabilities. The report brought to light the deaths of 13 disabled children over the last 10 years, including a nine-year-old boy who died from an infection and bowel obstruction after staff failed to ...
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  • HEALTH CARE GIANT J&J ASKS JUDGE TO TOSS KICKBACK CASE

    Johnson & Johnson is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit alleging the company paid millions of dollars in kickbacks so nursing homes would put more patients on its popular schizophrenia medication and other drugs. The government and two whistleblowers accuse J&J of paying kickbacks for five years to long-term pharmacy Omnicare, Inc., whose pharmacists then pushed doctors to prescribe the ...
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  • DIET DRUG MERIDIA PULLED FROM MARKET

    The popular weight-loss drug Meridia was withdrawn from the market because it can increase the risk of heart attack and strokes, marking another setback in an ongoing struggle to fight the nation's obesity epidemic. Abbott Laboratories voluntarily agreed to pull the drug Friday October 7, 2010, under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration. A European study showed that Meridia users ...
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  • Children Sexually Abused at Illinois Psychiatric Hospitals

    A new series of Chicago Tribune reports show children face a serious risk of sexual assault at some of Chicago's most prominent psychiatric hospitals. The Tribune identified at least 18 cases of rape or sexual abuse committed against child patients in the last two years. Almost all of the alleged victims- some as young as 7 years old- were wards of the state with traumatic histories of abuse and ...
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  • Litigation Protects Nursing Home Residents from Abuse and Neglect

    A new report from the American Association for Justice shows trial attorneys are the most effective force in uncovering abuse and neglect by corporate nursing homes and insurance companies. Large corporate chains run a vast majority of the nation's nursing homes, which are struggling with pressures to cut costs and lower staffing levels. An increased emphasis on profits has led to a distressing ...
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  • MALPRACTICE CLAIMS IMPROVE MEDICAL CARE

    A new Wall Street Journal report shows malpractice lawsuits help medical professionals prevent costly future mistakes. According to Tuesday's WJS article, "What Doctor's Missed," doctors are studying medical negligence cases to analyze breakdowns in patient care that have led to missed, delayed, or incorrect diagnoses. Many health care professionals have added additional safeguards and implemented ...
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