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Perspectives for the Professions - January 2017: Case Summary: Test for Interim Conditions

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Scott v. College of Massage Therapists of BC, 2016 BCCA 180, allowing an appeal of the lower Court’s decision to quash an interim condition on practice. A massage therapist was the subject of a complaint that he had...more

Health Alert (Australia) - March 30, 2015

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales - 25 March 2015 - Smythe v Burgman (No 2) [2015] NSWSC 150 - The New South Wales Supreme Court has held...more

Health Alert (Australia) - October 20, 2014

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: Judgements, Legislation, and Reports. Excerpt from Judgments: Commonwealth - 15 October 2014 - Gray v Richards [2014] HCA 40 - In 2003, a 10-year-old girl...more

Promoting Honest Counting of Hospital-Acquired Infections

Progress is being made in the national effort to let patients know which hospitals do the best job in preventing infections. But patient safety advocates are worried that some of the early reports of hospital-specific...more

Success of Nicotine Replacement Products Called Into Question

Because the effects of nicotine are deadly, because cigarettes are so addictive (some research indicates it’s harder to kick nicotine than it is heroin), any and all efforts should be made to quit smoking. In trying to...more

Patient Privacy Is Compromised by Identity Theft

We’ve all heard tabloid tales of hospital personnel taking unauthorized peeks into celebrity patient files and selling the dishiest contents for personal gain. But there’s also reason for the rest of us to to guard our...more

Health Care Litigator

In this issue: Seventh Circuit Appeal in Case Against Medical Center Could Impact the Ability to Bring Suits Under the False Claims Act; Putative Class Action Seeks Ruling That Illinois Health Care Providers Must Accept...more

Turkey Salmonella Outbreak

by Howard Ankin on

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with public health officials across the country and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) to determine the cause of...more

Medicare Pilot Program for Montana Asbestos Victims

by Howard Ankin on

In 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency declared a public health emergency arising from the long term asbestos exposure of Libby, Montana residents. The exposure occurred due to the operation of a vermiculite mine in...more

Legal Update: Case Developments in New York that Affect MSPs

Minimum Hospital Standards and Appropriateness Review-Updated Credentialing and Privileging Standards • Prior to December 22, 2010, hospitals were obligated under New York law to “look back” ten (10) years in a physician’s...more

Current Issues in Negligent Credentialing Part 1

Goals of Program: • What must a plaintiff establish in order to succeed in a negligent credentialing case • Review of recent cases and their impact on a hospital’s duty to protect patients • How to successfully...more

Liability for Transmission of HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Washington

by Lane Powell PC on

In July 2010, the White House published an ambitious strategy to “undertake a more coordinated national response to the HIV [human immunodeficiency virus] epidemic.” While public concern on the issue has waned in recent...more

President Obama and Medical Malpractice Reform

by Howard Ankin on

Last month, in a move that many trial attorneys believe will reduce the quality of patient care, President Obama submitted a budget that calls for a major revamping of medical malpractice laws. As explained in this NPR...more

Maryland Bar Association Health Care Section: Developments in Informed Consent

by Baker Donelson on

INFORMED CONSENT: ORIGINS of INFORMED CONSENT The Common Law: - Civil and Criminal Battery Since all established English law as it existed in 1776 was incorporated into Maryland law, it has been a tort for a doctor...more

Fraud and Abuse Issues In Off-label Marketing

In This Presentation: Increased Fraud Enforcement Activity; Current Enforcement Climate; Prosecution and Exclusion of Individuals; Inter-relationship with Kickback Allegations; Off-Label Enforcement Activity; Fraud...more

Couple Challenges West Virginia Malpractice Award Caps

A West Virginia couple who had been awarded more than $1.5 million in damages in a medical malpractice case only to have the award cut by two-thirds is challenging the state law that caps medical malpractice payouts to...more

State Licensing Boards Fail to Protect the Public from Dangerous Health Care Providers

Without a license to practice medicine or surgery or nursing or whatever, no health care practitioner can touch a patient. So the state licensing boards that issue -- and are authorized by law to take away -- licenses are...more

FDA Uncovers More Manufacturing Problems at Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical Plant

by Howard Ankin on

The safety of our pharmaceutical supply is of the utmost importance and the failure to control the quality of medications produced can have serious ramifications, including long lasting injuries, side effects and even...more

Blood Sugar Monitors: One to a Patient, if You Want to Avoid Infection

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning healthcare professionals that sharing blood glucose monitoring machines carries the risk of transmitting the...more

Error Rates in Medicine Continue High, but Lawsuits Are Down

The Center for Justice & Democracy has a new fact sheet on recently published studies on medical malpractice, hospital errors and preventable injuries. The depressing findings... Please see full article below for more...more

Studies on a New Drug Show Comedy of Errors When Not Enough Patients are Tested

A lesson in the safety and efficacy of new drugs is very simple: small studies are bad, big studies are good. This lesson has been proven all over again with a big trial of a heart failure drug called Natrecor (generic name:...more

FDA Recalls Infusion Pump and Tissue Stabilizer

The Food and Drug Administration has issued Class I recalls of Hospira Symbiq One and Two-Channel infusers and Medtronic Octopus Nuvo tissue stabilizers. Class 1 recalls are the most serious type of recall and involve...more

Large Number of Drug Shortages Puts Patients at Risk

As many as 180 medications are in short supply so far this year, according to data from the the Drug Information Service (DIS) at University of Utah Health Care, which has tracked drug shortages for a decade. DIS calls the...more

Fat-Melting Injections: Dangerous, Unproven but Widely Available

LipoDissolve is the brand name for an injectable drug that is supposed to melt fat. The patient gets a series of injections that supposedly dissolve the bonds between fat cells, and the body then flushes the fat away. Sounds...more

Murky Research: The New Era of Prescription Drug Safety

Time was when the Food and Drug Administration would give a new drug the go-ahead for marketing based on a handful of studies involving no more than a few thousand patients. Then millions of prescriptions would be written...more

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