Product News and Recalls

Litigation Surrounding Xarelto May Expand to Mass Tort Level in Philadelphia

Lawsuits are being filed over the use of the blood-thinning drug Xarelto and, although it is early in the litigation, lawyers believe there may be a substantial number of cases filed in the future. Some Xarelto lawyers are looking to create a Philadelphia mass tort program for the Xarelto lawsuits as the numbers of cases continues to grow. A recent story in The Legal Intelligencer notes that cases are being filed against a Johnson & Johnson ...

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Illinois Suspends License of Psychiatrist for Overprescribing Medication

An Illinois psychiatrist had his license suspended for overprescribing a dangerous antipsychotic drug, clozapine, in nursing homes and mental health facilities. This overprescription of clozapine has been linked to three of his patients’ deaths. The doctor was a psychiatric medical director for 13 nursing facilities from a base office in a Chicago strip mall. The state’s medical board took disciplinary action after a four year investigation on the doctor’s prescribing habits and a two year legal ...

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Surgical “Black Box” in Development to Prevent Medical Errors

A Toronto hospital is working on developing a device that seeks to protect patients in the operating room. The system, detailed in a recent article in Forbes, would be installed in operating rooms in order to cut down on surgical errors. It would consist of a number of microphones and cameras that are poised to track and record the movements and communications within the room.

The “black box” could be used to analyze and interpret the ...

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Testosterone Therapy Linked to Heart Risks

A possible link between testosterone therapy and increased heart risks has prompted much debate recently. A recent Bloomberg news article talks about ongoing discussions over the safety and effectiveness of testosterone therapy drugs.

One study, published in January of 2014, showed that testosterone therapy may lead to an increased risk of heart attack in men aged 65 and older, as well as in younger men with a history of heart disease. Of a group of more ...

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Nursing Home Statistics Show Many Lack Proper Nurse Personnel

It has recently been brought to the public’s attention that many nursing homes are not being staffed with qualified registered nurses (RNs) at all times. Rather, some homes have RNs on duty for only a portion of the day in a setting where a life threatening crisis can happen at any hour. An article in The New York Times brings to light political uproar about a 1987 federal law which required that registered nurses only be ...

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Chiropractic Neck Manipulation May Be Associated with Stroke

Researchers say that blood vessel tears that lead to strokes may be associated with treatments involving neck manipulations. Four large studies that were mainly focused on strokes involving the arteries of the neck were examined to assess the possible links between neck manipulations and increased stroke risk. Reuters reported on the findings.

The blood vessel tears in the neck are referred to as cervical artery dissections. Studies have linked these tears to two of every 100 strokes ...

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