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New Research Shows High Degree of Overuse of IVC Filters in United States

ivc filters overused in united statesNew research has emerged detailing what appears to be a significant over-reliance on IVC filters by the medical community in the United States. The study was led by Dr. Riyaz Bashir of Temple University and Temple University Hospital, and found that more than one million IVC filters had been placed in patients over a ten year period.

That total accounts for an increase of IVC filter implants of roughly ...

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Tort Lawsuits on the Decline as Factors Converge

tort lawsuits on the declineIt should surprise no one that the United States has had a reputation as one of the most litigious countries in the world for a very long time. And according to an article recently published in the Wall Street Journal, even though it may still seem that way, the reality is that this reputation may be less deserved now than at any point in recent history. In fact, less ...

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Opana ER Pulled from Shelves Over Abuse Concerns

sales of opana halted by FDAEndo Pharmaceuticals has officially withdrawn Opana ER from the market at the FDA’s request. The extended release opioid medication recently became the subject of an inquiry by the agency because of the specific way it was being abused.

Opana ER was designed to slowly and steadily medicate a patient as an extended release medication. However, when crushed, snorted, or injected, an abuser can get the full dose in a ...

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Hernia Patients Over-Prescribed Opioids for Recovery

 hernia patients over-prescribed opioidsA new study published in the journal Surgery has found that patients recovering from hernia procedures may require far fewer opioids to manage their pain than they are often prescribed. Some data indicates that patients are frequently given up to 30 pills after such procedures, the majority of which are unnecessary and could lead to them becoming addicted to opioids.

The study, helmed by Dr. Peter Masiakos of Massachusetts General ...

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California Jury Awards $417 Million to Woman in J&J Talc Case

$417 million awarded to plaintiff in Johnson & Johnson talc caseA Los Angeles jury has awarded $417 million to a woman claiming that talc in Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer. The amount surpasses the combined total of what Missouri juries have awarded four separate plaintiffs in similar cases.

In her suit, Eva Echeverria says that she developed ovarian cancer as a “proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous ...

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Women Prescribed Double Number of Necessary Opioids after C-Sections

women prescribed double opioids necessary after c-sectionA series of three successive studies recently published in the journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology suggest that women are drastically over-prescribed dangerous opioids after C-sections. The studies build off each other to provide a complete picture of how women’s pain is less carefully regarded throughout the medical process than that of men.

In one of the studies, 720 C-section patients were followed after giving birth from six different facilities in ...

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