Archive for the ‘Medical Malpractice’ Category

Generic Drug Industry Still Largely Unchecked

January 22nd, 2014

In the past few months, this blog has addressed issues concerning the safety of generic drugs. In July we published an article about the Supreme Court protecting manufacturers of generics in cases in which victims were harmed due to inadequate warning labels. Fortunately, the FDA stepped in to try to impose stricter standards on such…

Health Canada Warns Doctors Cancer Drug Xeloda May Cause Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

December 11th, 2013

Over a year ago, this blog published an article about the dangers of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a serious condition that causes a dark red rash to appear on the skin. Health Canada, Canada’s counterpart to the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recently sent an open letter to health care professionals warning them that a drug,…

Study Claims Most Birth Asphyxia Cases Preventable

December 4th, 2013

Birth asphyxia, also known as birth hypoxia, or intrauterine hypoxia, occurs when a newborn is deprived of oxygen. This complication can lead to permanent brain damage and even death of the infant. In cases of brain damage, we typically see children diagnosed with cerebral palsy and neural tube defects. Babies who experience birth asphyxia are…

FDA Proposes New Generic Drug Warning Label Regulations

November 27th, 2013

It might surprise one to learn that 80 percent of pharmaceuticals currently prescribed in the United States are generic. But would it be surprising to know that brand-name drug manufacturers and those that make generic drugs were not always subject to the same rules? Earlier this year, this blog published a post detailing the Supreme…

Forbes’ Comprehensive, Fact-Based Critique of Tort Reform

November 13th, 2013

“Tort Reform” was back in the news last month thanks to an article in Forbes by Steve Cohen provocatively titled “Can Obamacare Improve Patient Safety? Tort Reform Hasn’t?” In it, Cohen argues what this blog has been asserting for years, that tort reform has not led to beneficial results for doctors, patients or the national…

Texas Tort Reform Claims Another Victim

November 6th, 2013

Texas resident Connie Spears had a terrible 2010, but her 2013 has not been much better. Three years ago, she went to a local hospital’s emergency room complaining of pain in both legs. When speaking with hospital staff, she informed them of her history of blood clots, but they sent her home. Only a few days…

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…

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