Professional negligence

Prescription for Meningitis? Unsafe Pharmaceutical Practice Linked to Nationwide Death and Illness

Mark Zamora, Esq. Last fall, the outbreak of fungal meningitis, which spanned across at least 20 states and took as many as 63 lives, was not an isolated event nor entirely unexpected. The outbreak joins the ranks of many other adverse events caused by the shady practices of drug manufacturing—practices the Food and Drug Administration has failed to gain authority over for nearly 15 years. At the center? Lives lost and some injured for life. Traditional compounding is still a vital part of the drug industry today. What started as a way for local pharmacists to prepare tailor-made medicine made …

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New Medical Malpractice Rates Are Completely Unacceptable!

I am simply blown away by the new study regarding malpractice rates that was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine!  A six-year study in 10 North Carolina hospitals (published November 25, 2010 in the New England Journal of Medicine) has found that efforts to make hospitals safer for patients are falling short.  It “found that harm to patients was common and that the number of incidents did not decrease over time.  The most common problems were complications from procedures or drugs and hospital-acquired infections.”  This study has been billed as one of the most rigorous efforts to …

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Ways to Reform the Tort System That Do Not Further Harm Victims

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about medical liability tort reform.  President Obama even mentioned he’d be willing to consider medical liability reform to stop “frivolous lawsuits.”  So let’s start this discussion with these indisputable facts: 1) the Institute of Medicine confirmed that nearly 100,000 people die every year of preventable medical errors; 2) second study found that 1 in 5 patients admitted to hospitals suffer some degree of preventable medical error.  Also, I cannot discuss this topic without also asking when we will begin a serious discussion on ending and preventing malpractice, instead of focusing on stopping litigation …

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New Medical Malpractice Rates Are Completely Unacceptable!

I am simply blown away by the new study regarding malpractice rates that was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine!  A six-year study in 10 North Carolina hospitals (published November 25, 2010 in the New England Journal of Medicine) has found that efforts to make hospitals safer for patients are falling short.  It “found that harm to patients was common and that the number of incidents did not decrease over time.  The most common problems were complications from procedures or drugs and hospital-acquired infections.”  This study has been billed as one of the most rigorous efforts to …

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