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Number of Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Cases Continues to Dwindle

June 12th, 2013

The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, on June 4, published a news article and the title says it all: “Medical Malpractice Case Statistics Show Nearly 45 Percent Decline in Number of Case Filings Statewide.” The author of the article also mentions that this has been …

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Dangerous Drugs — Additional Compounding Pharmacies Implicated in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

June 5th, 2013

Since October 2012, we have periodically published articles about the fungal meningitis outbreak that began at the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Massachusetts (see our posts titled, “Fungal Meningitis Linked to Tainted Steroid Injections” and “More Compounding Pharmacies Shut Down in Fungal Meningitis Scare” …

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Subaru Recalls Ten Thousand Cars for Dangerous Defect

May 29th, 2013

On April 24, 2013, Subaru of America, a subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., announced a recall of all 2014 model year Subaru Forester automobiles (those built between January and March 2013). This came on the heels of a discovery in Vancouver, Washington in which …

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The Big Lie about the Big Lie of Medical Malpractice Payouts

May 22nd, 2013

On May 1, Johns Hopkins Medicine published a study with a provocative title: “Catastrophic Medical Malpractice Payouts in the United States.” The word “catastrophic,” for the purposes of this article are those medical malpractice lawsuit payouts totaling $1 million or greater. The study’s abstract explains that …

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Amusement Rides Injure Thousands of Children Annually

May 15th, 2013

As we get closer and closer to summer weather, parents and their children will flock to amusement parks, carnivals and boardwalks to eagerly ride the rides. While we sometimes hear anecdotally of amusement park accidents, they seem very rare. A new study published in this …

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“The Slip Between the Cup and the Lip”: The FDA’s Lax Regulation of Potentially Harmful Products

April 24th, 2013

Bisphenol A (also known as BPA) is a chemical often used in plastic bottles, most often the durable, reusable Nalgene-style water bottles (though the Nalgene company assures consumers it does not use BPA in any of its products). BPA is used in keeping plastic tough …

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Federal Inspectors Face Difficulties Investigating Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

April 17th, 2013

An outbreak of fungal meningitis, which began last year and has been traced back to a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts, has killed more than 50 people in 20 states and affected nearly 700 others (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). This company, …

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Study Finds Babies’ Exposure to Depakote May Lead to Higher Risks of Autism and Neural Tube Defect

April 10th, 2013

About a year ago, we posted a blog titled “Depakote Linked to Neural Tube Defects,” which detailed a possible link between expectant mothers taking this medication and defects like spina bifida, cleft palate, atrial septal defect (a hole in the heart), anencephaly and encephaloceles in …

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Delays in Resolving Civil Lawsuits Caused by Court Funding Shortages

April 3rd, 2013

Of the three branches of government, the judicial branch receives by far the least attention. With the exception of high-profile cases like the Affordable Care Act and Proposition 8 (dealing with same-sex marriage in California), the judiciary lacks the glamor of the presidency and the …

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