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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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Doctors Receiving Kickbacks May Be Persuaded to Prescribe

August 21st, 2013

The blog aboutlawsuits.com 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 …

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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 …

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