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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Three New Tort Reform Proposals Reach the House

November 20th, 2013

The consumer activist and pro-civil justice blog ThePopTort.com informs us, somewhat in jest, that last week was the unofficial “House Tort Reform Week,” in which congressional leadership placed two so-called “tort reform” bills on the House floor and heard details in a subcommittee about a …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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