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  • Are Doctors Ordering Risky C-Sections Too Frequently?

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 31-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and senior attorney The CBS Evening News (8/30, story 9, 0:40, Smith) reported that a recently released study reveals that "one in three first-time mothers" in America "has a c-section these days," a trend that’s not likely to "reverse in the near future, because once a woman has a c-section she’s more likely to ...
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  • Indoor Tanning Tax in Effect on July 1, 2010

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-Aug-2010

    A federally imposed indoor tanning tax of 10% went into effect on July 1, 2010. The intended goal of the tax is to show consumers indoor tanning is not safe. Indoor tanning leads to a 75% increase in the risk of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Over one million new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year in the United States. Statistics show that the rate of diagnoses is ...
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  • Recalled Rental Car Debate Continues

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner As I posted earlier this summer, recalled rental cars are routinely rented out. The deadly crash that brought this issue to light has now settled, but Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety and the Center for Auto Safety have taken up the battle to request that the Federal Trade Commission require rental agencies to repair recalled vehicles ...
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  • Hospitals Failing To Protect Patients From Drug-Induced Bacteria

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and senior attorney It is commonly acknowledged that hospitals should do all they can to protect patients from drug-resistant bacteria. But far too many hospitals are not, leading to serious injuries, and even death of patients. The Las Vegas Sun (8/8) editorialized that recently published articles detailing patients’ experiences with ...
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  • Aging Drivers and Safety

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-Aug-2010

    Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner A recent article in the Washington Post addresses the concerns of many families regarding how to determine when an aging driver is no longer safe behind the wheel and how best to deal with taking away that independence. Although older drivers frequently retain the cognitive functions necessary to drive, other progressive diseases that come with aging ...
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  • AstraZeneca Pays $198Mill To Settle 17,500 Lawsuits

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and senior attorney Bloomberg News (8/9, Feeley, Kelley) reports, "AstraZeneca Plc will pay about $198 million to settle 17,500 lawsuits, or about two-thirds of the total, alleging its antipsychotic drug Seroquel causes diabetes in some users." As I mentioned in an earlier blog, AstraZeneca "previously agreed to pay at least $55 ...
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  • Whistleblower Incentives In Financial Reform Bill

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner I blogged recently about legislation introduced to protect whistleblowers. The Financial Time s (8/9, Eaglesham, Masters) reports that the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill includes new whistleblowing incentives that could mean multimillion dollar rewards for informants and could lead to an increase in allegations against US companies and banks. The ...
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  • Protect Yourself From Lab Errors

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 15-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and senior attorney I recently published a couple blogs about the closing of Georgetown University Hospital’s Lab and the rise in laboratory errors nationwide, which has caused patients tremendous physical and emotional anguish nationwide. I thought you might like to know about an article I read in Good Housekeeping that included some good ...
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  • Congress To Investigate Kellogg Cereal Recall

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 15-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner I recently blogged about the Kellogg’s cereal recall. Last week, CQ Today (8/4, Ferguson) reports "the House Energy and Commerce Committee is looking into the June recall of millions of boxes of Kellogg’s Corn Pops, Honey Smacks, Froot Loops and Apple Jacks cereals after the company found that a substance in the package liner could ...
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  • Dietary Supplements Have Unsafe Ingredients, Says Consumer Reports

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 14-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and senior attorney ABC World News (8/3, story 8, 1:50, Sawyer) reported, "Dietary supplements are a $27 billion a year business in this country, but Consumer Reports has an alert" on "supplements the magazine says can be dangerous to your health." Consumer Reports’ Nancy Metcalf said, "With the dozen supplements that ...
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  • Appliance Recall Check Service Now Available

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 14-Aug-2010

    Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner According to a recent story in Trading Markets.com, " Appliance Recall Check is a new service that helps consumers identify recalled appliances in their homes. Most of the 195 million recalled appliances in American homes are not identified until there is a fire or other tragedy. Many other appliances with functionality recalls are replaced at ...
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  • FDA Wants Tougher Medical Device Regulation

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member The AP (8/4, Perrone) reports that "makers of X-ray machines, drug pumps and other medical devices would have to submit more safety information to win federal approval under a proposal designed to tighten regulation of thousands of products reviewed each year." The FDA "released recommendations Monday night designed to improve ...
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  • NTSB to Hold Hearing to Examine Hazmat Truck Rollover

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-Aug-2010

    Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Following a fireball accident involving a propane truck rollover and explosion accident in Indiana last October, the National Transportation Safety Board is examining whether enough is being done to prevent tanker trucks hauling hazardous loads from rolling over. "Tankers, more than other trucks, are susceptible to rollovers because the weight ...
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  • Senate Bill Introduced To Increase FDA Safety Oversight

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 12-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The Hill ‘s (8/4, Lillis) "Healthwatch" blog reports, "citing a recent spike in pharmaceutical recalls, Sen. Michael Bennet on Tuesday introduced legislation to bolster consumer protections governing the nation’s drug supply." The "Colorado Democrat says his proposal," which would "greatly expand the ...
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  • Hidden Dangers of Swimming Pools Highlighted Again in Recent Child’s Death

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 12-Aug-2010

    Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner As recently reported by the Associated Press, another child’s death has been caused by the powerful suction of a swimming pool. Parents claim that pool industry officials are trying to weaken pool safety standards, "It’s not something we’ll ever get over, but we’re hoping to make a difference so other families don’t ...
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  • AstraZeneca To Pay $55Mill To Resolve Seroquel Lawsuits

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner As Bloomberg News (8/5, Feeley, Milford) reports, "AstraZeneca Plc, the UK’s second-biggest drugmaker, agreed to pay about $55 million to settle around 5,500 lawsuits related to side effects of the antipsychotic Seroquel [quetiapine]." AstraZeneca’s "5,500 settlements include 4,000 that AstraZeneca acknowledged in a July ...
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  • Hewlett-Packard Whistleblower Suit Settles

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Bloomberg News (8/3, Ricadela, Voreacos) reports, "Hewlett-Packard Co., the world’s largest maker of personal computers and printers, agreed in principle to settle a US probe of false billings, a deal that will trim earnings by 2 cents a share in the third quarter. The agreement would resolve a Justice Department investigation of whether ...
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  • Lab Errors: These Mistakes Can Be Deadly

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 9-Aug-2010

    By Catherine Bertram An article in the Boston Globe last week, by Jonathan Salzman, reports that a lawsuit has been filed by a patient who had surgery to remove his prostate after being told that he had prostate cancer. Our blog mentioned this case last week. The surgery left him incontinent. Tragically, he did not have prostate cancer. It was a lab error. The lab technician mistakenly mixed up ...
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  • Are Drug Studies Reliable or Tainted?

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 9-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner A recent analysis of the outcomes of pre-market drug-trials raised some great concerns. The Los Angeles Times (8/2, Roan) "Booster Shots" blog reported, "According to an analysis of drug trials published Monday, studies were much more likely to be positive — that is, showing the drug worked — in trials that were funded by ...
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  • NHTSA To Launch New Crash-Test Program

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 9-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner According to Consumer Reports, there is "[g]ood news for safety-conscious car-buyers: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is about to launch an overhauled crash-test program that makes it tougher for any car to earn five stars in crash worthiness…. The new scores can’t be compared against results from previous ...
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  • Georgetown University Hospital Lab Problems Prompt Closing

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 6-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Georgetown University Hospital’s lab for genetic analysis for breast cancer has closed and is being investigated by federal health officials, according to a Washington Post article (8/5/2010) . In addition, tissue samples have been sent to an independent lab for retesting. "Federal officials are continuing to investigate the ...
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  • Countrywide Settles Mortgage-Related Shareholder Lawsuit For $600Mill

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 6-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The Los Angeles Times (8/3, Reckard) reports, "Countrywide Financial Corp., which epitomized the home-loan industry’s boom and bust, has agreed to pay $600 million in the largest settlement yet of shareholder lawsuits stemming from the mortgage meltdown. The agreement, given preliminary approval Monday by US District Judge Mariana ...
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  • More Hospitals Found To Overdose Patients With Brain Scan Radiation

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 5-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The Los Angeles Times (8/3, Zarembo) reports, "Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and Bakersfield Memorial Hospital are the latest additions to a list of California hospitals where [radiation] overdoses occurred during CT brain perfusion scans." According to officials at both facilities, the scanners had been ...
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  • Studies Prove Poor Supervision of Resident Doctors Leads To Medical Errors

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 4-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The Dallas Morning News (8/1, Dunklin, Ambrose) reported that "national medical research increasingly supports the long-held concern that poor supervision of doctors-in-training at teaching hospitals contributes to patient harm, even death." Two months ago, a study led by University of California-San Diego researchers "reported a 10 ...
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  • Toxic Levels Of Chemicals In Cereals, Other Products Unknown

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 4-Aug-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Kellogg’s recalled 28 million boxes of kid-popular cereals, including Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops and Honey Smacks, this summer. The company blamed elevated levels of a chemical in the packaging. The big problem: no one knows how dangerous the chemical can be to human, especially children. <!– var rn = ( Math.round( ...
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