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Blog Posts in 2005

  • Anti-Depressants and Suicide

    The FDA recently mandated that all manufacturers of a class of anti-depressant drugs called Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) to include warnings of suicide and suicide ideation on their labels. Well known SSRI’s include Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, Wellbutrin and Effexor. Not only are these drugs linked to an increased suicide risk, but “off-label” use is widespread meaning that the ...
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  • Perrigo Infant Medication Recall

    Perrigo and FDA notified healthcare professionals and consumers of the recall of all lots of concentrated infants’ drops that are packaged with a dosing syringe bearing only a “1.6 mL” mark containing 1] acetaminophen,2]acetaminophen, dextromethorphan HBr, and pseudoephedrine HCl, or 3]dextromethorphan HBr, and pseudoephedrine HCl. The dosing syringe may be confusing in determining the proper dose ...
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  • $5 Billion Class Action Filed Against Teflon Maker DuPont

    Two lawfirms in Florida recently filed a class action lawsuit against DuPont alleging that a chemical in Teflon causes cancer and other health problems. The suspect chemical in Teflon is called perfluorooctanoic acid and its salts, known as PFOA, or C-8. The lawsuit asks the giant chemical company to provide medical monitoring to the millions potentially effected by PFOA, warnings placed on all ...
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  • Disturbing Statistics on Medical Errors

    As Governor Blagojevich prepares to sign the recently passed medical malpractice reform bill, I thought it helpful to consider some national statistics on doctor and hospital error: 3% or more of hospital patients are hurt by medical error. 1 in 300 patients die from such mistakes. In U.S. aviation only 1 in 5 million flights ends in a deadly accident. 24% of people say they or a family member ...
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  • Choosing the Right Nursing Home in Chicago

    There is an alarming rate of nursing home injuries including physical, psychosocial, cognitive and financial harm. The most common physical injuries are the result of an unnecessary fall. Of the 1.5 million nursing home residents nationwide, approximately 50% fall at least once per year. Of the residents that fall each year, 10-20% of the falls result in serious injury. Among people 85 years of ...
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