Blog Posts in July, 2013

  • CT Lung Scans Recommended in High-Risk Population

    Mesothelioma attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recently issued a landmark recommendation for the use of CT scanning to detect lung cancer. High-risk populations, such as current or former smokers and those previously exposed to asbestos, are encouraged to be screened annually. The Task Force, which is comprised to 15 healthcare experts, ...
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  • FDA Releases Safety Alert for Nizoral

    Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce that the FDA recently placed strict limits on the use of Nizoral (generic ketoconazole) for any type of fungal infection. The drug may cause liver toxicity, adrenal gland problems, and dangerous interactions with other drugs. The agency approved changes to Nizoral’s labeling and added a completely new Medication Guide to address these ...
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  • Surgeons under Investigation for Deals with Medical Device Makers

    Medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent article in the Wall Street Journal profiling the fraudulent acts of a spinal surgeon who is now at the center of federal and civil investigations and dozens of malpractice lawsuits. The surgeon, Aria Sabit, had ownership interest in a company that sold the surgical devices he used in patients, some with devastating ...
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  • Falling TVs Send a Child to the ER Every Half Hour

    Accident and injury attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent article by the American Academy of Pediatrics which found that over 17,000 children are treated in emergency rooms every year for television-related injuries. That number averages out to one child sent to the ER every thirty minutes. In fact, the number of children injured by TVs has nearly doubled in the past twenty ...
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  • FDA Reviews Blood Clot Drug Vorapaxar

    Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that U.S. regulators recently accepted a marketing application for a blood clot drug called vorapaxar. The experimental drug, manufactured by Merck, was sidelined in 2011 after it was shown to increase bleeding risks. The drug was acquired by Merck in 2009 when the pharmaceutical giant bought out rival drugmaker Schering-Plough Corp. The ...
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  • Chicago’s Sacred Heart Hospital Abruptly Closes

    Medical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the beleaguered Sacred Heart Hospital in Chicago just abruptly shut its doors. The hospital’s owner was recently charged in an alleged kickback scheme to defraud federal healthcare agencies. We recently wrote about the Sacred Heart kickback scheme, which is just one of the many troubling accusations against the now-defunct ...
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  • Former Pharmacist Sues CVS

    Wrongful termination lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that a veteran CVS pharmacist recently filed a lawsuit against the healthcare chain alleging he was wrongfully discharged. He claims that his termination was in part due to his complaints of understaffing, which put increased pressure on pharmacists and led to medication errors. There has been mounting tension between stores like CVS ...
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  • Illinois Governor Signs Bill Cracking Down on Drinking and Boating

    Boating accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a bill securing the requirements for those involved in boating accidents resulting in serious injury and death. The new law requires anyone involved in such an accident to consent to chemical testing of blood, breath or urine in order to determine blood alcohol or drug content. Anyone ...
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  • Family of Man Killed by Police Taser Awarded $1 Million

    Police brutality lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce that a federal jury recently found that a police officer in San Jose was guilty of using unreasonable force on a man by repeatedly tasering him, resulting in his death. The family brought a lawsuit against the police department, ultimately winning $1 million. The 47-year-old man, Steve Salinas, died in 2007 at the Vagabond Motel in San ...
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  • Missed Cancer, Heart Attacks Most Common Medical Malpractice Claims

    Medical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a recent study published in BMJ Open examining more than 7,000 papers on medical malpractice lawsuit claims against primary doctors. The papers were written on patients in the U.S., Canada, France, Australia and Great Britain. Researchers found that the most common malpractice claim was for missed diagnoses, which made up between ...
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  • Over 50 Infected with Tuberculosis in Elementary School Outbreak

    Tuberculosis lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of a recent outbreak at an elementary school in South Carolina that infected about 53 children. State health officials are now under fire for the extraordinarily slow response to the outbreak, as 465 children were not tested until nearly three months after the discovery. The school, Ninety Six Primary School, is located in rural South ...
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  • CDC Admits Polio Vaccine May have been Contaminated with Cancer Virus

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a fact sheet on its website, which it also quickly removed, outlining the contamination of the polio vaccine with a known cancer virus, SV40. SV40 (Simian virus 40) is a polyomavirus found in some species of monkey, and was discovered in 1960. Soon after its discovery, SV40 was found in polio vaccines, which were ...
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  • Woman Sues Chicago over Police Chase that Caused Fatal Crash

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of a recent lawsuit filed by the daughter of a woman killed in a police chase. The woman is suing the city of Chicago as well as the shooting suspect for her mother’s death. Marisol Mercado, 35, was driving on Pulaski Road on the West Side when a shooting suspect, James Brown, crashed into her, along with two other vehicles. Police were ...
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  • Contaminated Nuts Cause FDA Investigation

    Salmonella lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that, in response to several recent recalls of nuts tainted with salmonella, the FDA recently opened an investigation into the contaminations, as the pathogen is not common in low-moisture foods such as tree nuts. Within the past week (July 11-July 15, 2013), two companies have issued recalls due to salmonella-tainted pistachios. The ...
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  • Mother and Three Young Sons Killed in Drag Racing Crash

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of a recent crash in Philadelphia that killed a mother and her three young sons, though fortunately the fourth son survived. The family was attempting to cross the road when struck by cars suspected to be drag racing. The accident occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Roosevelt Boulevard, a major highway running through north and northeast ...
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  • Prostate Cancer Treatment Linked to Kidney Risk

    Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a new study that raises major red flags concerning hormonal therapy commonly used to treat prostate cancer. The study suggests that undergoing androgen deprivation therapy increases the risk of developing kidney problems. Though the hormone therapy lowers the risk of death among men with advanced and aggressive and advanced prostate ...
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  • Boy Nearly Drowns at Chicago South Side Pool

    Pool drowning lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that an 11-year-old boy was hospitalized recently after nearly drowning at a pool in Avalon Park on Chicago’s South Side; fortunately, the boy is alive and doing well at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. One of the boy’s friends told the Sun-Times that he was in the deep end of the pool when water got into his mouth and ...
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  • FDA Cancels Meeting to Review Surgery Drug Sugammadex

    Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the FDA recently canceled an advisory-committee meeting aimed at reviewing Merck & Co.’s surgery drug, sugammadex. The agency stated it needs more time to asses results of clinical trial inspections. Advisory-committee meetings are typically called to review new types of drugs or products or when decisions are hotly debated within the ...
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  • NYC Building Explosion Injures at Least Twelve

    Accident and injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of a recent explosion in a five-story building in New York City which injured at least twelve people. Part of the building, located in Lower Manhattan’s Chinatown district, collapsed after the explosion. The mixed-use structure, located at 17 Pike Street, contained businesses on the first floor and residence on the upper floors. About ...
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  • Verastem to Begin Mesothelioma Clinical Trials

    Mesothelioma lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that Verastem, during its most recent Research and Development Day, announced that its new drug to treat mesothelioma will be ready to begin clinical trials by the third quarter of 2013. Members of Verastem’s leadership team gave an overview of the new development program in New York City in early July, including guest speakers such as ...
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  • Senate Committee Passes Employment Non-Discrimination Act

    Employment discrimination lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a bill recently approved by a Senate committee that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Notably, three Republicans – Mark Kirk of Illinois, Orrin Hatch of Utah, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – voted for the bill, which ultimately passed 15 to 7. It may surprise some to know ...
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  • Study Raises Concerns about Safety of Heartburn Drugs

    Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent article published by Forbes concerning the safety of drugs meant to treat heart burn, acid reflux, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). A recent study found that these drugs may increase the risk of heart disease and heart attack. The study, headed by John P. Cooke, a clinical professor and chair of the department of ...
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  • Jackson Cardiology Associates to Pay $4 Million for Unnecessary Heart Procedures

    Whistleblower attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of a recent settlement reached by Jackson Cardiology Associates, its owner and the federal government over medically inappropriate procedures. The fraud was reported by a cardiologist who now stands to receive up to $120,000 in the whistleblower suit. Allegiance Health in Jackson, Mississippi was also part of the $4 million settlement for ...
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  • EnPro Industries Estimates Liability for Mesothelioma Claims

    Mesothelioma attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce that Garlock Sealing Technologies, a subsidiary of EnPro Industries, recently filed a pre-trial brief for its upcoming trial to determine liability for pending and future mesothelioma claims. One expert estimates the liability to be around $125 million. This is about half the amount Garlock Sealing Technologies (GST) proposed in November ...
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  • DUI Threats During Your Morning Commute

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent article by CBS 2 detailing the very real, unexpected dangers of drunken drivers during morning commutes. The article features the story of one man, Don Boso, who survived a crash caused by an intoxicated driver around 6 a.m. one morning. Boso stopped at a red light on his way to work, and accelerated when the light turned ...
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