Health

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits after Unnecessary Spinal Fusion Procedure

A recent article in the Washington Post examined a growing concern in the medical community, the drastic increase in certain types of surgical procedures and whether the are medically necessary. The article examined the  large increase of spinal fusion surgery in the Unites States over the past two decades with 465,000 spinal fusion procedures performed in 2011 up form 56,000 in 1994. It is estimated that nearly half of these procedures were not medically necessary.

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At-home dialysis helps quality of life

The East Montgomery County Observer tells the story of a 27-year-old man with kidney failure, whose quality of life was greatly improved when he began using a portable, in-home dialysis system.

He previously had to make a long drive and arrive at a dialysis center at 5 a.m. in order to finish the 4-hour treatment, then make it to work on time. Doctors told him that routine would be necessary three times ...

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Testosterone Therapy Linked with Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

Recent reports have raised concerns that Testosterone therapy is associated with an increased risk of heart attack,  stroke, and death.

Testosterone therapy (also called androgen replacement therapy) is a growing field in pharmaceutical sales. Medications for testosterone therapy primarily take the form of pills, injections, and patches or gels that are absorbed through the skin. It is sold under brand names like AndroGel, Axiron, Fortesta, Striant, and Testim.

Testosterone Therapy Health Risks

A study published in the November ...

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Johnson & Johnson Guilty Plea Helps Risperdal Lawsuits

After a ten-year long criminal investigation, Johnson & Johnson has entered a guilty plea and will pay $2.2 billion in damages. The U.S. Department of Justice charged the company with promoting the drugs Risperdal and Invega for off-label uses (uses that were not approved by the FDA). These drugs were approved solely for the treatment of schizophrenia, but Johnson & Johnson was promoting them for non-schizophrenic patients—including children, ...

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Meningitis pharmacy was violating law

According to a USA Today story about an ongoing fungal meningitis outbreak, the specialty pharmacy responsible has been flagrantly violating both sanitation standards and the terms of the federal laws permitting it to operate.

But the story characterizes the problem not simply as the practices of a single irresponsible business, but a systemic failing that’s permitted “compounding pharmacies” to operate on a large scale under relatively lax regulatory standards.

And patients who ...

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Obamacare Legal Challenges and Administrative Problems

there are many legal challenges to obamacareWhile the Affordable Care Act is facing numerous administrative problems, the number of Obamacare legal challenges is growing.

The Healthcare.gov Insurance Exchange is Overrun by Glitches and Delays

Problems with Healthcare.gov, the website intended to enroll people in online insurance exchanges, are well known at this point and currently the subject of Congressional inquiry. Enrollment is believed to be ...

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