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  • Pfizer Wants Prempro Internet Video Removed

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Bloomberg News (12/16, O’Reilly, Feeley) reports, "Pfizer Inc. asked a judge to order the removal of an Internet video about its menopause medicines that the company says is misleading and aimed at swaying potential jurors in future trials over the pills." The video, called "Prempro News Segment," was posted on YouTube.com ...
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  • 800,000 Swine Flu Vaccine Doses Recalled

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner A massive recall of swine flu vaccine doses drew national attention recently when it was announced by the Center for Disease Control. ABC World News (12/15, story 6, 0:20, Gibson) reports that federal health officials "are recalling 800,000 children doses of swine flu vaccine…made by Sanofi Pasteur." NBC Nightly News (12/15, story 2, ...
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  • BRP U.S. Inc. Recalls All-Terrain Vehicles As Dangerous

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner All-terrain vehicle are fun, but they can be very dangerous if defective or misused. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, BRP U.S. Inc has recalled several all-terrain vehicles because the "dynamic power steering can fail, resulting in the sudden loss of steering control. This poses a risk of injury or death to riders." If ...
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  • Falling TVs Pose Danger For Children

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Protect children from falling televisions. The AP (12/14) reported, "Studies suggest that the number of children killed or injured by falling television has risen even as more consumers replace their clunky old TVs with lighter flat screens." The CPSC "says more than 80 of the 180 furniture-related deaths from 2000 to 2006 involved ...
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  • Radiation Exposure from CT Scans Worse Than Previously Estimated

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The CBS Evening News reported, "The problem of too much radiation during CT scans may be more widespread than anyone thought." CBS further confirmed that "new research…found a wide variation in radiation dose for the most common CT scan like abdomen, pelvis, and chest. A survey of four hospitals found some patients received 13 ...
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  • 50 Million Blinds Recalled Due To Strangulation Danger

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-Dec-2009

    By Catherine Bertram, Partner The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled more than 50 million Roman-style blinds and roll up blinds due to the risk of strangulation. About five million Roman shades and about three million roll-up blinds are sold each year. According to the recall notice, "Consumers that have Roman or roll-up shades in their homes should contact the WCSC ...
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  • Canned Slim-Fast Ready-To-Drink Products Recalled

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner According to the FDA, "Unilever United States, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is conducting a nationwide voluntary recall of all Slim-Fast® ready-to-drink (RTD) products in cans, due to the possibility of contamination with Bacillus cereus, a micro-organism, which may cause diarrhea and possibly ...
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  • Glaxo Announces Payouts From Paxil Cases

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 15-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Bloomberg.com reports that GlaxoSmithKline "has settled 450 suicide cases for about $390 million and 600 birth defect cases for unspecified amounts." According to the report, "The company has also paid out about $400 million in antitrust cases since 2003." Many people who have taken Paxil have been subjected to an increased risk ...
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  • Cartons of Berries & Balsamic Salad Recalled

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 14-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The FDA has announced that a California-based company–organicgirl produce–has recalled 120 cartons of its 5.75 oz Berries & Balsamic Salad "because it may contain an incorrect condiment packet with an unlabeled allergen for walnuts." "The product is packaged in plastic trays in a 6-count carton, UPC 895203-001332, ...
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  • Stop Hurting Patients and There Will Be No Lawsuits

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 14-Dec-2009

    Posted by Catherine Bertram, Partner In a recent opinion piece in Salon, Dr. Rahul Parikh summarized the tort "reformers" arguments which have been in the news lately. These argument about the so called lawsuit crisis are being put forth by insurance companies and the American Medical Association. Dr. Parikh carefully refutes each one by using the real facts. He then challenges ...
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  • Brain Injuries in Children on the Rise

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-Dec-2009

    Posted by Catherine Bertram, Partner According to the Centers for Disease Control, as many as 3.8 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) result from sports and recreation activities in the U.S. each year. Of those children, approximately 165,000 require hospitalization. As a mother with two children who are active in competitive sports it is very concerning to me. Click here to read a letter from ...
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  • HARLEY-DAVIDSON RECALLING OVER 100,000 MOTORCYCLES

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The Milwaukee Business Journal (12/10) reported, " Harley-Davidson Inc. is recalling 111,569 motorcycles manufactured from June 6, 2008, through Nov. 19, 2009, because of a threat of gasoline leaking in the event of a frontal collision. The recall affects some 2009 and 2010 touring bikes, including CVO Touring and Trike products, according to ...
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  • 98,000 Preventable Patient Deaths: 9 Patient Safety Solutions

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 12-Dec-2009

    By Catherine D. Bertram, Partner "No adverse event should ever occur anywhere in the world if the knowledge exists to prevent it from happening." That is a direct quote from the Joint Commission, a national organization that accredits more than 16,000 health care organizations around the country. In fact it is the first sentence in their introduction to what they have dubbed " 9 key ...
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  • State Tort “Reforms” Don’t Lower Insurance Premiums

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 12-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The American Association for Justice has published an article that establishes what we have known now for some time–that state tort "reforms" have provided a boon to insurance companies, while physician and patient premiums continue to skyrocket. The winner: insurnace companies, whose profits have hit record levels. The losers: ...
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  • Infant Deaths Result in Hammock Recall But Repair Kit Not Yet Available

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 12-Dec-2009

    Posted by Catherine Bertram The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of about 24,000 baby hammocks following the deaths of two infants. According to the CPSC, babies can become trapped and could suffocate against the sides of the mesh and fabric Amby Baby Motion Beds. The beds are made by Amby Baby USA. The recall covers one model of the bed sold online and at other ...
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  • “Charity Begins at Home and Justice Begins Next Door”

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Dec-2009

    Posted by Catherine Bertram A wonderful quote from Charles Dickens. With the holidays right around the corner, in addition to giving thanks and spending time with family and friends, we think about what we can do to help those who are less fortunate. We have a family tradition that involves our children. On Christmas Eve, we each bring a suggestion of a charity to the dinner table and the family ...
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  • Medical Errors Should Be Reported to Improve Safety

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The AP (12/11, Tanner) reports that "in 2005, Illinois legislators…passed a measure requiring hospitals to report the deadliest kind" of medical errors, but "the law has yet to be implemented — and it likely won’t be for at least another year." Illinois "budget woes and foot-dragging by special interests ...
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  • Bus Accidents Prevalent, Safe Driving Required

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Children all across America take buses to school. It is usually a safe mode of transportation. Unfortunately, according to AAA, "each year, nationally, about 19 school aged children are killed in school transportation-related traffic crashes. On average, 5 are passengers on the bus and 14 are pedestrians." Many more suffer non-fatal ...
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  • DC Area Holiday SoberRide Program Kick Off Begins

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Dec-2009

    Posted by Catherine Bertram Of the Washington metropolitan area’s 351 total traffic fatalities last year, 33% (116) of these roadway deaths were alcohol and or drug-related. The Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s annual effort to keep our community’s streets safer throughout the holiday season starts today. The Holiday SoberRide program provides free taxi rids home throughout ...
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  • WARNING LABELS FOR ANTIPSYCHOTICS MAY BE STRENGTHENED

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 10-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Dow Jones Newswires (12/8, Dooren) reported that Thomas Laughren, the director of FDA’s division of psychiatric products, said Tuesday that the agency is weighing tougher warning labels for antipsychotics that might cause weight gain and diabetes. According to the report, "the agency has asked manufacturers of drugs like Seroquel, Abilify ...
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  • Bus Accidents Spur Increased Oversight

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 10-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The Houston Chronicle reported that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has "called for tighter oversight of the passenger bus industry in the wake of a fatal Jan. 2, 2008, crash that killed a passenger after the driver fell asleep at the wheel." The NTSB "urged other federal agencies, namely the National Highway Traffic ...
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  • American Associate for Justice Publishes Primer on Medical Negligence Debate: A Must Read

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 9-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The American Association for Justice has published a primer on the medical malpractice debate. It comprehensively shows how special interest groups have perpetuated myths in an effort to strip Americans of their rights in order to pad their profits. Here are some of the findings: Myth #1: There are too many “frivolous” malpractice ...
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  • Evaluating a Medical Malpractice Case

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 9-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner As a consumer justice attorney, I have the privilege of representing and helping people through difficult times every day. Oftentimes, my clients are horrifically and permanently injured due to no fault of their own. Other times, I represent families of those who have died as a result of someone else’s carelessness. This may surprise you, but ...
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  • GAO Says FDA Lacking in Developing Drug Surveillance Office

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 9-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The Associated Press has reported today that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "still hasn’t restructured its staff to better monitor drug safety, more than three years after experts recommended key changes in the wake of the Vioxx scandal." According to the report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will release a ...
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  • Amby Baby Beds Recalled Following Death of Infants

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 9-Dec-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The AP reported, "Two infant deaths have led to the recall of about 24,000 Amby Baby Motion Beds — hammocklike beds marketed to parents of fussy babies with colic or reflux. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that the side-to-side shifting or tilting of the hammock can cause an infant to roll and become trapped or wedged ...
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