Archive for the ‘Medical Malpractice’ Category

Surgical Complications Directly Correlated To Surgeons’ Peer-Rated Skill

October 30th, 2013

Back in October 2012, this blog published an article called “A Surgeon’s Five Tips for Improving Hospital Safety.” The list was culled from an article written by Johns Hopkins surgeon and professor Marty Makary in The Wall Street Journal, and several of his arguments revolve around the ideas of transparency and reviews of doctors. His…

New Study Dramatically Increases Estimates of Patients Harmed in Hospitals

October 9th, 2013

Just how many people die from medical mistakes in American hospitals? As Scientific American recently explained, researchers have struggled to establish an accurate figure for decades.

After Tort Reform: Texas Doctors Operate without Oversight

October 2nd, 2013

Largely in line with the mission of this firm, pro-civil justice blog The Pop Tort recently featured an article about regulation in the health care industry, writing that “deregulation and lax regulatory enforcement [seem] to have become a national goal.”

Anti-Epilepsy Drugs Pose Health Risks to Some Patients, Many Doctors Unaware

September 18th, 2013

A study published on August 14 by Johns Hopkins Medicine (in the journal Epilepsy and Behavior) suggests that American neurologists’ pharmaceutical knowledge may be lacking. A press release reads, “A study by Johns Hopkins researchers shows that a fifth of U.S. neurologists appear unaware of serious drug risks associated with various anti-epilepsy drugs, potentially jeopardizing the…

Doctors Receiving Kickbacks May Be Persuaded to Prescribe

August 21st, 2013

The blog recently published a blog post by Irvin Jackson about a new study that deals with doctors receiving “kickbacks” from pharmaceutical companies or drug representatives for prescribing a given medication. Scholars at the Rady School of Management at University of California, San Diego found that “more than half of the 330,000 physicians in…

British Study Reveals Role of Technology in Surgical Errors

August 14th, 2013

The British Medical Journal: Quality and Safety recently published a study evaluating the role equipment and technology play in surgical mistakes. The article appeared on July 25 on the journal’s web site and is titled, “Surgical technology and operating-room safety failures: a systematic review of quantitative studies.” The nine researchers, all of whom are affiliated…

New Research Suggests Failure of FDA Post-Market Oversight System

July 31st, 2013

This blog has published many posts that mention the United Stated Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and we have on a few occasions taken the position that the organization often fails in its duty to protect consumers from corporations whose goal is the bottom line at the expense of consumer safety. We have written about…

Statute of Limitations Amendment, Inspired by Cancer Patient, Dies in NY Legislature

July 17th, 2013

Lavern Wilkinson of Brooklyn, New York, took a bus to Kings County Hospital’s emergency room in the winter of 2010, experiencing sudden and severe chest pains. She thought she was having a heart attack, but after a few tests—including a chest x-ray—doctors told her she was free to return home. A story in the New…

Supreme Court Protects Generic Drugmakers from Warning Label Liability Lawsuits

July 10th, 2013

The pharmaceutical industry in the United States is massive. According to a report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, Americans spent $325.8 billion on prescription drugs last year alone, which totals about $898 per person. While these figures may be staggering on their own, what may be even more surprising is the fact that…

Verdict Announced in First da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuit

June 26th, 2013

One of our past articles on the da Vinci surgical device cited the Chicago Tribune, which quoted Johns Hopkins surgeon and professor Dr. Marty Makary as saying, “The robot is the symbol of the current American health care marketplace—rapid widespread adoption with little to no evidence to support it and increased costs.” The Los Angeles…

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