According to an article in the Los Angles Times, by Mark Lifsher, Quest Laboratories agreed to pay the State of California $241million to resolve a lawsuit that was pending against them. The lawsuit alleged that Quest…more
Each year 100,000 patients in hospitals and nursing homes in this country die from infection they acquired after being in a health care facility. This is the most common complication of hospital care and also one of the…more
An article in the Boston Globe last week, by Jonathan Salzman, reports that a lawsuit has been filed by a patient who had surgery to remove his prostate after being told that he had prostate cancer. Our blog mentioned this case…more
The District of Columbia Department of Health licenses and certifies health care facilities for compliance with state and federal health and safety standards. Facilities include nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies,…more
Bloomberg News reported that GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C. has agreed to pay $1 billion to injured consumers to resolve more than 800 cases involving the antidepressant Paxil. The medication has been in use in the U.S. since 1992…more
The District of Columbia has purchased United Medical Center for $20 million after foreclosing on the property. There were no other bidders at the foreclosure sale, and no money will change hands.
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An updated annual ranking of state medical boards by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen reveals widespread discrepancies in both the numbers of disciplinary actions taken against physicians' licenses, and the rates of…more
Recognized medical studies show that pain pumps that inject pain medicine right into shoulder joints after surgical procedures are a very likely cause of severe cartilage damage. The FDA, in November 2009 and again in February…more
The New York Times reported that Columbia University has closed the research arm of its Kreitchman PET Center , a prominent brain-imaging clinic, after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration found in 2008 and January 2010 that the…more
Massachusetts obtained a $3 million grant to study "alternatives" to a consumer's 7th Amendment right to a jury trial when it comes medical malpractice claims. The grant is part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…more
Dr. Kimberley Henry, a California plastic surgeon, has filed a lawsuit against patients who posted negative reviews of her online. Her lawsuit also demands that the reviews be removed.
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Catheter-related bloodstream infections kill 30,000 hospital patients and infect a total of 80,00 patients in the U.S. each year. So why aren't more hospitals adopting the simple five-step approach to prevent these…more
Earlene Johnson worked as a medical supply technician at the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where almost 2,000 veterans may have been exposed to Hepatitis B and C and HIV due to poor sterilization practices. She…more
24 states have joined the "Nurse Licensure Compact", an umbrella entity designed to unify states' nursing discipline records. But some states' lax enforcement and reporting have allowed dangerous nurses to go to other states,…more
Washington Hospital Center has a program called "Medical House Calls". The program provides primary care services by a team of dedicated physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers and others. These health care teams make…more
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