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Government Shutdown Begins to Affect Civil Justice System

October 23rd, 2013

On October 15, as a response to the now-resolved government shutdown, a group of public interest organizations co-signed a letter to congressional leaders urging them to “please ensure that this [civil justice] system is not further crippled in any respect as negotiations over the shutdown …

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Several New Risks Emerge For Women Taking Hormone Replacement Drugs

October 16th, 2013

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs are a popular therapeutic option for women going through menopause. The idea is that replacing the body’s diminishing supply of estrogen and progesterone may alleviate discomfort, prolong life, or even delay or reduce the onset of dementia. Three recently published …

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Just how many people die from medical mistakes in American 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. The Institute of Medicine, a non-governmental non-profit, issued a report in 1999 called “To Err Is Human,” which reported …

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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.” It goes on to claim …

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FDA Delays on Sutent Side Effects Warning

September 25th, 2013

Sutentis a drug manufactured by Pfizer is prescribed by doctors to treat cancer of the pancreas, stomach, bowels, and kidney. Recently, however, Sutent has been linked to cases of the potentially fatal Stevens-Johnson syndrome and its more severe form, toxic epidermal necrolysis. For this reason, …

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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 …

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House-Approved REINS Act Threatens to Stall Regulation and Oversight

September 11th, 2013

Imagine a nation in which every “economically significant” regulatory measure–whether related to healthcare, environmental protection, air travel, pharmaceutical oversight, or even Wall Street banking–were subject to a yes-or-no vote from one of the most polarized and gridlocked Congresses in history. On the face of it, …

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Prolific Plastic Products Pose Problems — FDA Fails Again

September 4th, 2013

Early this past spring, we published an article titled “The Slip between the Cup and the Lip: The FDA’s Lax Regulation of Potentially Harmful Products,” which elaborated on yet another example of the relative inability of the FDA to regulate products and chemicals that may pose …

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On Roller Coasters and Regulation

August 28th, 2013

In May of this year, we posted an article about the surprising prevalence of injuries to children at amusement parks. In the first study of its kind, a team of researchers based in Columbus, Ohio estimate that nearly 4500 children under the age of eighteen …

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