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Medtronic Pulls Catheters from Market

Medtronic Inc. has recalled its Sutureless Connector (SC) intrathecal catheter because of faulty labeling. According to the medical device maker, the recall was issued after Medtronic discovered that the catheter was incompatible with a certain type of pump as the labeling on the catheter indicates. According to a report in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, […]

TNF Blockers Receive Stronger Warnings for Cancer Risks

The so-called miracle drugs for arthritis in juveniles and teens have now received stronger FDA warnings. TNF drugs focus and neutralize tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), a protein that, when overproduced in the body due to chronic inflammatory diseases, can cause inflammation and damage to bones, cartilage and tissue. The drugs in this class include Remicade […]

The High Cost of Medical Errors

Medical errors made by doctors and hospitals will result in 200,000 deaths in the United States this year, according to a report compiled by Hearst newspapers. These deaths will occur due to preventable errors such as illegible handwriting, poor communication between healthcare professionals, misdiagnoses, wrong-side surgeries, and failures to diagnose. The Centers for Disease Control […]

Breast Cancer in Lympth Nodes Increases Risk of Recurrence

New research suggests that breast cancer patients who experience even the slightest spread of the cancer to a lymph node may have a much higher risk of the cancer recurring years later and may require more treatment than surgery. The new study contradicts current medical practice and will undoubtedly lead to a change in treatment […]

NH Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is the failure of a medical care provider to act within the standard of reasonable professional practice applicable to his or her profession or specialty. The plaintiff, or injured patient, must prove the relevant standard of care for each profession or specialty through expert testimony. For a suit to be governed by the […]

Popular Birth Control Pills Yaz and Yazmin Target of Lawsuits

Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals is facing federal civil lawsuits relating to its popular birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin. The lawsuits follow an FDA warning letter issued to Bayer stating that the pharmaceutical company had failed to warn prospective patients about the pills’ risks while at the same time overstating the drugs’ benefits. Last year, Bayer […]

Wyeth Ordered to Disclose Menopause Drug Files

A federal judge in Arkansas has ordered pharmaceutical company Wyeth to release its files concerning ghost written medical journal articles. These articles were used in promoting its menopause drugs Prempro and Premarin. The document production request was sought by the NY Times and PLoS, a medical journal. Wyeth is facing more than 8,000 lawsuits from […]

Cervical Cancer

While cervical cancer is one of the more preventable and treatable forms of cancer among women, the rates of occurrence and death remain high. The National Cancer Institute estimates that in 2009 11,270 women will be diagnosed with new cases of cervical cancer. The Institute estimates that 4,070 women will die from cervical cancer this […]

Medical Provider Liability to Non-Patient Third Parties for Negligent Medical Care and Prescribing Practices

Medical Provider Liability to Non-Patient Third-Parties for Negligent Medical Care and Prescribing Practices By Mark A. Abramson and Holly B. Haines In our recent article regarding Medical Malpractice Liability in the Information Age, we discussed how medical providers outsourcing their services and contracting with independent physician groups can assume liability to third-parties as the intended […]

Book Review: Anatomy for Litigators by Samuel D. Hodge

ANATOMY FOR LITIGATORS – By Samuel D. Hodge, Jr., Esq. A Book Review by Holly B. Haines The title of this book is misleading.  The book should be called “Anatomy for Defense Attorneys”, because almost every chapter ends with litigation tips for defense attorneys to defeat causation in personal injury, worker’s compensation and disability claims.  […]