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  • New RN Staffing Regulations
    Jan-11-08 Oakland, CA: The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has sent letters to hospitals notifying them of their obligation to meet the new Registered Nurse (RN)-To-Patient Hospital Staffing standards. The regulations are designed to improve patient care. The letters also reiterate that hospitals must increase staffing beyond the ratios if needed...
  • Topps E. coli Beef: Almost Two Million Pounds Still In Storage
    Jan-2-08 Elizabeth, NJ Topps Meat Co. may have closed October 5th, but there are still 1.8 million pounds of meat potentially contaminated with E. coli still languishing in the company's warehouses. What ultimately happens to that meat will hinge on the potential sale of the bankrupt company—its assets as well as trademarks—to a food company in New J...
  • Medtronic: "Proceed with Extreme Caution"
    Dec-30-07 Bloomington, MN When Sarah was diagnosed with occipital neuralgia after a car accident, she was told that a Medtronic device would help take her pain away. However, Sarah did not know that the leads in her device would break, causing her to be shocked constantly, and she also did not know that she would have continuous problems with the battery in her de...
  • Avandia Heart Attack: "Quite a Shock"
    Dec-8-07 Lansing, MI When Colin Hurt suffered a heart attack in May 2007, he was understandably surprised. Although he says he had been diagnosed with diabetes 12 years ago, he had for the most part treated the diabetes naturally, through diet and exercise. However, three months after his doctor put him on Avandia, Hurt experienced a heart attack that he believes...
  • First Unum: How can they Sleep at Night?
    Dec-5-07 Clearwater, FL First Unum told Michelle Howard that her injury wasn't severe enough for long term disability benefits —despite her own doctor's reports. Instead, Unum relied on reports from their medical examiner—who didn't even see Howard! In March, 2002 Howard (not her real name pending a lawsuit against Unum , suffered an injury and wo...
  • FDA's Refusal to Approve New Cancer Vaccine - The Plot Thickens - Part I
    Nov-27-07 Washington, DC: Dying prostate cancer patients waiting for the approval of Provenge, a new life-extending cancer vaccine, are being held hostage by an FDA infested with industry insiders with enormous financial interests in what has become a multibillion dollar cancer treatment racket for drug companies, cancer researchers, and treatment providers alike. ...
  • Sprint Fidelis Recall Costs Medtronic
    Nov-24-07 Minneapolis, MN Medtronic has announced that the massive Sprint Fidelis recall issued in October had an estimated negative sales impact of $130 million and cost the company $31 million in inventory write-offs and other direct costs. Medtronic announced the recall after it received reports of at least five deaths related to fractured Sprint Fidelis...
  • Arkansas Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Janssen LP and Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc.
    Nov-21-07 Little Rock, AR: Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court, against Janssen LP, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson Inc. (Johnson & Johnson is the parent company of both Janssen Pharmaceutica and Janssen LP). In the November 20, 2007 issue of the Arkansasbusiness.com Daily Report, the Associa...
  • Feds Crack Down on Medical Device Implant For Profit Industry - Part II
    Nov-14-07 Washington: DC: To settle criminal charges of conspiring to violate the federal anti-kickback statute by using consulting agreements as inducements for orthopedic surgeons to use a company's products, four device makers recently entered into deferred prosecution agreements with the Department of Justice and agreed to pay a total of $311 million. The com...
  • Lilly Faces Mounting Legal Battles Over Zyprexa - Part II
    Nov-10-07 Washington, DC: Several Zyprexa -related class actions have been filed against Eli Lilly on behalf of the company's shareholders charging Lilly, and certain of its officers and directors, with violations of the Securities Exchange Act. On April 2, 2007, the Schiffrin Barroway Topaz & Kessler law firm issued a press release to announce a class act...
  • Car Crashworthiness: Are Newer Vehicles Designed for Failure?
    Nov-1-07 Philadelphia, PA "I want to say to everyone passing me on the highway that you will be dead if your car crashed driving that fast," says racing car driver Brian Watson. "Auto makers aren't doing enough to increase the survivability of high speed accidents." Increasingly, vehicles are designed for fuel efficiency and that means lighter cars. And that spells...
  • World Experts Demand End to Child Drugging in the US - Part II
    Oct-27-07 Washington, DC: Mathy Milling Downing was a featured speaker at the annual conference of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology and told the audience that her anger is directed toward the FDA and drug companies, "for their incompetence and lack of concern for innocent children they have helped to kill, my little girl included."...
  • Zyprexa: In the Drug Business, the Gain is Worth the Risk
    Oct-26-07 Indianapolis, IN Eli Lilly knew that there were problems with Zyprexa from the very beginning. But even amidst a flurry of personal injury lawsuits, and the revelation of risk factors for diabetes and other metabolic complications, Zyprexa has grown to become a huge profit center for its manufacturer. And while one hand warns of dire side effects, t...
  • World Experts Demand End to Child Drugging in the US - Part I
    Oct-25-07 Washington, DC: On October 12, 2007, experts in the field of psychiatry and child development from all over the world arrived in Washington to attend the annual conference of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology. This year's conference focused on one specific goal - to end the mass-prescribing of psychiatric drugs to children...
  • The Composix Kugel Mesh Recall: Information Lacking
    Oct-22-07 Murray Hill, NJ It has been almost two years since C.R. Bard and subsidiary Davol, in concert with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recalled various models of the Composix Kugel Mesh Patch. And while the plastic 'memory' recoil ring--the primary culprit in patient incident reports--has been strengthened, that doesn't help the thousands of patie...
  • Credit Card Rate Hikes: Devious Practices Online
    Oct-20-07 San Antonio, TX "I always pay my bills online and I have never been late with a payment and never over my limit," says Patricia Frank. "All of a sudden, the Bank of America and Chase Bank raised my interest rates from 7.9% to 22%! They need to put this information online if they are going to raise your rates--they are very devious." This is clearly another...
  • Unfair Insurance: Policies Cancelled, Rates Doubled, Homeowners Abandoned
    Oct-18-07 Eastham, MA Despite the fact that insurance companies continue to rake in record profits, homeowners by the thousands are seeing their policies cancelled or given the thumbs-down at renewal time, as their carriers try to limit future liability. They can't afford another $40 billion hit like that of Katrina, the carriers say. And so, over the past...
  • PPH and Fen Phen: Not Too Late to Join a Lawsuit
    Oct-13-07 Trenton, NJ Because the [ Fen Phen ] diet craze occurred over 10 years ago, many people who have recently been diagnosed with Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (known as PPH ) may believe the statute of limitations has run out on filing a lawsuit. However, this is not the case. People are still being diagnosed with PPH and they are still able to join a law...
  • Zyprexa on List of Deadliest Drugs
    Sep-29-07 Baton Rouge, LA Patients who take Zyprexa are often dealing with serious health issues such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. They expect that when they take Zyprexa they will feel better and notice an improvement in their health. They do not expect that taking Zyprexa could result in them attempting to commit suicide or developing akath...
  • Overtime: Another Tactic that Won't Hold in Court
    Sep-17-07 Los Angeles, CA Marcel C. was happy with his job at a large communications company until a new manager was hired. "He hasn't paid us overtime that we are entitled to, even though we submit overtime on our timesheets," says Marcel. "This has become a general problem for my entire crew," says Marcel (not his real name). "When we put in the hours for o...
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