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Study of Artificial Spinal Disk "Prodisc" - Guided by Physicians' Finances or Concern for Patients?

Posted On Feb 29, 2008 @ 12:31 AM by SEO Admin

When patients are considering treatment options, there is often"blind faith" in the doctor's recommendations, as he is viewed as a concerned, educated and neutral provider. Perhaps, this view is nave. In reality, doctors are often financially motivated in the varying courses of treatment offered. Instead of acting as neutral gatekeepers of potentially harmful drugs and procedures and "neutral scientists "investigating a procedure's safety, at times they are in actuality financially motivated advocates for the same. For instance, Dr. Joseph E. Zigler, a well known spine specialist, and an advocate of Prodisc, an artificial spinal disk for the lower back, has been found to have a financial stake in success of the same.In fact, The New York TImes has reported that doctors at about half the research centers involved in the study of Prodisc had a direct financial interest in the devices success. Lawsuits have been commenced against a multitude of physic

Report Reveals Dramatic Increase in Medication Errors Involving Drugs with Names that Look or Sound Alike

Posted On Feb 25, 2008 @ 07:49 PM by SEO Admin

The 8th annual national MEDMARX(R) Data Report released last month by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) revealed that more than 1,400 commonly used drugs are involved in errors linked to drug names that look alike or sound alike. USP's review revealed a near doubling since 2004 of the pairs of drug names that look or sound alike, from 1,750 pairs to 3,170 pairs. According to findings in the MEDMARX report, 1.4% of the errors resulted in patient harm, including seven errors that may have caused or contributed to patient deaths. Medication errors are often the bases of medical malpractice cases. The MEDMARX report includes the largest known list of look-alike/sound-alike drugs. The list is the only list based on reported medication errors. Due to widespread underreporting of incidents, and because the database does not include every hospital in the United States, the study's authors b

Victim of Predatory Mortgage Company Fights Back and Wins; Recoverable Damages Includes Attorney's Fees

Posted On Feb 23, 2008 @ 09:22 AM by SEO Admin

In what appears to be the first reported New York decision enforcing anti-predatory lending provisions of section 6-L of the New York Banking Law, a Supreme Court Justice in Staten Island has ordered a hearing to assess damages against a bank following a series of violations of the law. In LaSalle Band v. Shearon, 100255/07, the lender moved for summary judgment in its foreclosure action. But not only did Hon. Joseph J. Maltese deny the motion, he searched the record, found three separate violations of the anti-predatory Banking Law, and granted the borrower summary judgment on his counter claims alleging violations of that law. The case concerned the purchase of a home for the sum of $335,000.00. According to the decision, the purchasers' mortgage broker advised that they would qualify for traditional loan products with fixed interest rates and that he was 'shopping around for the best rates.' The Contract, however, listed a purchase price not of $335,000.00 but

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Urgent Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Icy Hot Heat Therapy Products For Causing First, Second and Third Degree Burns

Posted On Feb 20, 2008 @ 07:10 PM by SEO Admin

Chattem, Inc. announced February 8, 2008, that it is initiating a voluntary nationwide recall of its Icy Hot Heat Therapy products, including consumer "samples" that were included on a limited promotional basis in cartons of its 3 oz. Aspercreme product. Chattem is recalling these products because it has received some consumer reports of first, second and third degree burns as well as skin irritation resulting from consumer use or possible misuse of these products. Consumers who have the Icy Hot Heat Therapy products under recall should immediately stop using the products, discard them, and/or return them to Chattem. All lots and all sizes of the following Icy Hot Heat Therapy products are affected by this recall: 1. Icy Hot Heat Therapy Air Activated Heat- Back 2.Icy Hot Heat Therapy Air Activated Heat- Arm, Neck, and Leg 3. Icy Hot Heat Therapy Air Activated Heat- Arm, Neck, and Leg single consumer use"sample" included on a limited promotional basis in carton

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Suspension of Heparin Sales More than a Matter of Products Liability; Described as "a National Security Issue."

Posted On Feb 17, 2008 @ 10:32 AM by SEO Admin

Since Baxter International announced recently that it was suspending sales of its multidose vials of heparin after four patients died and 350 suffered complications including allergic reactions, many of them serious and potentially life-threatening, significant concerns have arisen as to the effectiveness of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's oversight of imported drugs. Baxter bought the active ingredient for heparin, which is derived from an enzyme in pig intestines, from Scientific Protein Laboratories, which produces heparin's active ingredient in its factory in Chagzhou, China. Scientific Protein moved production to China three years ago because the country is the world's largest supplier of pigs. Baxter processes, sterilizes and packages the finished product for distribution in the USA. The Scientific Protein Laboratories in Chagzhou was never checked by drug regulators in China because the plant has no certification from the government to manufacture pha

FDA Issues Public Health Advisory on Chantix, Which May Become the Subject of Product Liability Suits

Posted On Feb 14, 2008 @ 11:06 AM by SEO Admin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 1, 2008, issued a Public Health Advisory to alert health care providers, patients, and caregivers to new safety warnings concerning Chantix (varenicline), a prescription medication used to help patients stop smoking. Serious neuropsychiatric symptoms have occurred in patients taking Chantix. These symptoms include changes in behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal ideation, and attempted and completed suicide. Chantix has been suggested as being a possibly significant contributing factor to the bizarre and tragic death of musician Carter Albrecht on September 5, 2007. The FDA action adds credibility to the belief that Chantix is a dangerous product and may spur attorneys reviewing potential cases to institute litigation. The FDA is issuing this Alert to highlight important revisions t

Fatalities From Car/Auto Accidents In New York City Dropped To Lowest Level Since Records Started Being Kept In 1910

Posted On Feb 12, 2008 @ 08:28 AM by SEO Admin

New York Citys final 2007 traffic fatality data, released on January 28, 2008, shows that fatalities from motor vehicle accidents in New York City dropped to the lowest level since records started being kept in 1910: 271 traffic fatalities citywide, down more than 30% since 2001. There were also an all-time low 136 pedestrian deaths last year-13% fewer than previous lows in both 2004 and 2005. Since 1990 pedestrian fatalities in NYC have decreased by 62%. Prior to 1950, pedestrians accounted for of all traffic fatalities. Since then, the percentage has decreased to only . NYC Fatal Accident History 2000-2007 Year Pedestrian Bicycle Driver Passenger Motorcycle Total 2000 18718 95 59 21

Bill Introduced To Protect New Yorkers, Especially Children, From Sex Predators On The Internet

Posted On Feb 9, 2008 @ 09:54 AM by SEO Admin

New York's legislative leaders, at the request of Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, have introduced a new and comprehensive bill known as the Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act (e-STOP) that establishes vital protections against sexual predators so that users of the Internet can more safely surf the Web. e-STOP would require sex offenders to register their email addresses, instant message screen names and any other online identifiers, and would give access to that information to online social networking companies. Those sites would then be able to prescreen and block access by convicted sex offenders. According to the state Division for Criminal Justice Services, there are nearly 25,000 registered sex offenders in the state. 9,565 are level 2 registered sex offenders (moderate risk to commit another sex crime). 6,515 are level 3 registered sex offenders (high risk to commit another sex crime and a threat to public safety exists). Sex offend

Subpoenas Issued in MySpace Fake Identity Case Linked to Suicide of 13-Year Old Missouri Girl

Posted On Feb 7, 2008 @ 08:58 AM by SEO Admin

Subpoenas were issued to Myspace by a federal grand jury last month. The subpoenas issued are connected to the suicide of Megan Meier, a 13-year-old girl from Missouri. Megans suicide is linked to Lori Drew, Drews teenage daughter and Ashley Grills, Drews former employee who set up a fake online account under the social networking site, MySpace. Drew, her daughter, and Grills used the identity Josh Evans, a good-looking 16 year-old to befriend Megan. Josh contacted on Megans MySpace account one month before her suicide with friendly messages, but the final message to Megan said The world would be a better place without you. Megan hung herself in her bedroom closet and died the same day. The Drew family and Meir family were neighbors and lived a few blocks away from each other. Megan and Drews daughter were friends, but their friendship died down when in junior high school. Drew denies commenting on Megans Myspace page only stating that

Jury Duty Scam

Posted On Feb 4, 2008 @ 08:25 PM by SEO Admin

We have learned that the Nassau County, New Yorkjury clerk is warning citizens reporting for jury duty of a scam being perpetrated to improperly learn personal information, including dates of birth and social security numbers, for apparent use in identity theft. The scam consists of a telephone call wherein the caller tells the person receiving the call that they failed to report for jury duty. The caller states that a summons was sent and that the failure to respond to it may be grounds for the imposition of a penalty. The caller also tries to convince the target that he or she may have thrown out the subpoena without realizing what it was. Of course, the target has no idea about the subpoena because none was ever sent. After arousing sufficient fear in the target, the caller offers to make an arrangement to help. To do so, however, requires divulgance of the target's date of birth and social security number, so says the caller. Once the caller receives the info

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