Internal Stir Between Marketing and Safety for Blood Thinning Drug

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The generic blood thinning agent used for decades stands to be replaced as new drugs emerge that claim to need less focus on monitoring blood levels in users. As these competing new drugs hit the market, one known as Pradaxa, has experienced a stir amongst its internal factions, those whose interests are in marketing and those whose concerns are safety in usage. While grossing over $2 billion in sales since its approval in 2010 and having been prescribed to some 850,000 patients who have received prescriptions, Pradaxa has been linked to over 1,000 deaths. The concerns of an internal study and … [Read more...]

Congressional Investigation of GM over 57 Cent Part

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Thirteen people had died in highway accidents as a result of a faulty ignition switch that would have cost 57 cents to replace. Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin of the Associated Press report that GM has failed to act even though the issue has been known for years. Read about GM CEO Mary Barra's testimony before  Congress as published in the Houston Chronicle.     … [Read more...]

Air Bag Failure Spurs Nissan Recall

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Fred Meier and James R. Healey of USA Today report of nearly one million Nissan and Infiniti brand vehicles being eligible for recall due to passenger air bag failure. Here's the article posted March 26 at USAToday.Com : Nissan is recalling 1 million vehicles because the air bag system software might not be able to tell whether there is a person sitting in the front passenger seat, so the air bag might not inflate in a crash. It's the second passenger air bag recall for some of the vehicles. Last April, 82,038 2013-model vehicles from the same group were recalled because a sensor was … [Read more...]

GM Ignition Switch Linked to Serious Injury and Death

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by Jeff Springer and Frank Lyle --- On Feb. 13, 2014, General  Motors (GM) recalled over 750,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac vehicles to repair an ignition switch that can allow the key to slip from its “run” position when the car hits a bump or, if the keychain is too heavy. The defect can cause an engine shutdown and loss of power steering, brakes, and safety systems, including airbags and anti-lock brakes. On Feb. 25, GM expanded the recall to include hundreds of thousands of additional Chevy, Pontiac, and Saturn cars, bringing the total number of affected vehicles to 1.4 million. … [Read more...]

Patient Injury Reaches 33% in Skilled Nursing Facilities

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One out of three patients suffer some form of injury according to a report released March 3, 2014 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These injuries could result from medical error, infection, or other harm related to their treatment. An article published in Pro Publica reports that doctors interviews state that nearly 60% of these injuries were preventable and more than half of the patients injured required re-admittance to the hospital. This is a testimony of the troubles caused to the patients as well as the overall cost increase due to preventable errors and oversight. … [Read more...]

Medical Board’s Cases Against Doctors on the Rise

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Texas Medical Board Cases Against Doctors Rise 76% in 10 Years This report by Bill Hethcock of the Dallas Business Journal, Feb 12, 2014, reports that this is a result of the tort reform legislation of 2001. This benefits healthcare professionals due to a lack of aggressive pursuit on the part of the state agency, much to the detriment of patients who have suffered damages. The reform puts the ball in the court of state government who in turn manages poorly in place of the former method where private attorneys would defend the patient's interests backed by an economic incentive to fuel a … [Read more...]

FDA Warnings on High Dosages of Acetaminophen

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The FDA is asking doctors to stop prescribing combination medications that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per pill, because of long-standing concerns about liver damage. The move, announced Tuesday, is one of a series of actions the FDA is taking to limit high-dose use of the popular painkiller. FDA already has asked drug-makers to stop producing combination prescription medications with higher doses. More than half of manufacturers have complied, according to the FDA statement. Read the full article by Kim Painter of USA Today … [Read more...]

Attorneys Refusing Medical Cases

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There is problem faced by many who are harmed in a medical setting: Attorneys refuse their cases, not because the harm didn’t happen but because the potential economic damages are too low. It’s estimated that hundreds of thousands of patients a year suffer some type of preventable injury or die while undergoing medical care. For many of these patients or surviving family, a lawsuit is the only hope to recover losses, learn the truth about what happened and ensure the problem is corrected. But lawyers may have to invest $50,000 or more to pursue a case, and they usually only get paid if they … [Read more...]

Does the Doctor Work for You or for the Hospital?

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Over the past 15 years, the percentage of physicians employed by hospitals rather than private practice has increased over 30%. Hospitals can offer guaranteed wages and benefits; they even can guarantee employment. But are the decisions your doctor making benefiting you health or the hospital's financial outcome? This article from The Atlantic takes a look into the dynamics of decision making that you put your trust in when dealing with your physician and your health. … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse on the Rise While Taxpayers Foot the Bill

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Andy Pierotti of Austin's KVUE  News and Photojournalist Derek Rasor, write offer a troubling report on what goes on behind closed doors in nursing homes in Texas. Video footage of actual acts of abuse are included so view discretion is advised. One of the most troubling aspects is how government oversite turns its head the other way while this goes on. Taxpayer dollars still support these facilities who continue to receive aid from the State of Texas even after complaints and allegations are confirmed. Read this report at KHOU.Com. … [Read more...]