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Verdict Announced in First da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuit

June 26th, 2013

One of our past articles on the da Vinci surgical device cited the Chicago Tribune, which quoted Johns Hopkins surgeon and professor Dr. Marty Makary as saying, “The robot is the symbol of the current American health care marketplace–rapid widespread adoption with little to no …

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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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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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More Compounding Pharmacies Shut Down in Fungal Meningitis Scare

February 13th, 2013

On January 16 of this year, this blog published a post about an outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 39 people and infected 650 more. Inspectors have traced this event, which has hit the states of Michigan and Tennessee particularly hard, to a pharmaceutical …

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Personal Injury Lawsuits Affect da Vinci Robot Manufacturer

January 2nd, 2013

Citron Research, led by noted stock market analyst Andrew Left, has recently published a report on its website predicting that the stock price of Intuitive Surgical, the company behind the da Vinci surgical robot, will drop by more than half in the coming 18 months. …

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What You Should Know About Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

November 21st, 2012

Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a serious skin condition that causes a red / purple rash (known as erythema multiforme) to appear on the skin. It may be coupled with a fever and other flu-like symptoms. The external skin symptoms of this immune-complex syndrome alone can …

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As NuvaRing Trials Near, Judge Denies Privacy of Internal Documents

October 31st, 2012

In July of this year, we posted an article about the possible dangers posed to women by the NuvaRing birth control system, which is an intra-uterine device worn by women for a period of three weeks, during which time it slowly releases hormones into the …

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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Caused by Aspergillus in Epidural Steroid Injections

October 8th, 2012

Fungal meningitis is normally a very rare condition that primarily occurs in patients with weakened immune systems. However, there is currently an evolving and progressing outbreak of a dangerous type of fungal meningitis caused by the organism known asAspergillus; at this time, there have been …

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