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Feb 12, 2019

New Law Requires Hospitals to Publish Prices for Procedures

By |February 12th, 2019|Medical Malpractice|

Thanks to a new law that went into effect on January 1, 2019, hospitals are now required to publish the prices of their procedures. The hospital's price list must be made public, published online and updated each year, according to a story in Newsweek. The new law also applies to rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric hospitals and critical access hospitals. This new law intends to increase pricing transparency, helping patients to become more knowledgeable, make [...]

Feb 7, 2019

The VA Ignored Millions Earmarked for Veteran Suicide Prevention

By |February 7th, 2019|Medical Malpractice, Veterans Affairs|

Preventing veterans from committing suicide was named the "highest clinical priority" by the Veterans Administration, yet VA officials still failed to spend the $17.7 million in the suicide prevention budget for fiscal year 2018, according to a story in Time Magazine. A report published in November 2018 by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) "suicide prevention media outreach activities declined in recent years due to leadership [...]

Feb 4, 2019

Why the FDA’s “Transformative” Changes Will Amount to More of the Same

By |February 4th, 2019|Legal News|

Imagine discovering that severe respiratory distress was a side effect of a small device implanted in the top of the spine to relieve pain. After Kathleen Yaremchuk, an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor had to perform an emergency tracheotomy on one patient with the implant to save her life, she and her colleagues reviewed the records of 260 patients implanted with the device at Henry Ford Hospital, and found that a significant [...]

Feb 1, 2019

Breast Cancer Surgery May Lead to More Nursing Home Resident Deaths than the Cancer Itself

By |February 1st, 2019|Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect|

Breast cancer is an insidious disease. According to the American Cancer Society, almost 41,000 women will die this year from breast cancer. Many women will opt to undergo chemotherapy and radiation. Chemo, though an effective tool, can cause long-term damage to your organs, your bone marrow, and your nervous system, so some women may choose to forgo that option altogether, and have their breasts removed surgically. For older patients, like those in nursing [...]

Jan 28, 2019

Essure Permanent Birth Control Leads to Permanent Health Problems for Women

By |January 28th, 2019|Defective Products|

(This is part of a series, presented by McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, titled “Life on The Bleeding Edge: How the FDA Won’t Keep You Safe.” To learn more, please read Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.) In July 2018, the medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer released a statement that they would pull the Essure® System for Permanent Birth Control out of American markets after December 31, 2018. The company claimed [...]

Jan 24, 2019

3000+ Patients Possibly Exposed to HIV, Hepatitis in a Surgical Center

By |January 24th, 2019|Medical Malpractice|

More than 3,000 patients of an ambulatory surgical center in New Jersey received letters, warning that they may have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens if they had a procedure at the HealthPlus Surgery Center between January and September of 2018. Upon investigation, the NJ Department of Health found that staff at the facility were not properly sterilizing medical instruments, which could expose patients to bloodborne diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and [...]

Jan 11, 2019

Former CEO of Insys to Plead Guilty in Opioid-Kickback Scheme

By |January 11th, 2019|Dangerous Drugs|

In late December of 2018, federal prosecutors announced that Michael Babich, former CEO of Insys Therapeutics, agreed to plead guilty to participating in a bribery scheme which gave kickbacks to doctors in exchange for prescribing a powerful opioid painkiller. Babich, who resigned his role as CEO of the Arizona-based drug manufacturing firm, was scheduled to face trial next month; he has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and mail fraud charges, according to [...]

Sep 18, 2018

Januvia and Byetta Lawsuits Are Going Back to Court

By |September 18th, 2018|Dangerous Drugs|

Januvia and Byetta, along with Janumet and Victoza, are the diabetes drugs at the center of 945 lawsuits. The cases had originally been dismissed, but a federal appeals court overturned that decision in December of 2017, and remanded the cases back to U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia in the Southern District of California. He has ordered that the first bellwether cases must be selected by December 14, 2018, which means the courts could [...]

Sep 13, 2018

da Vinci Surgical Robots Have Been Linked to At Least 144 Deaths

By |September 13th, 2018|Medical Devices|

(This is part of a series, presented by McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, titled “Life on The Bleeding Edge: How the FDA Won’t Keep You Safe.” To learn more, please read Part One and Part Two.) When we were kids (well, at least for some of us), the future promised it would be filled with robots. Just look at The Jetsons, or even Lost in Space. Today’s modern world has fulfilled that promise [...]

Sep 11, 2018

FDA Issues Warning against Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedures, Citing Potential for Severe Injury

By |September 11th, 2018|Medical Devices|

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to women who are considering vaginal rejuvenation cosmetic procedures that would use energy-based devices. Per the FDA, “To date, we have not cleared or approved for marketing any energy-based devices” for the procedure. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb made an additional statement about the devices used in the procedure: “the safety and effectiveness of these devices hasn’t been evaluated or confirmed by the FDA [...]

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