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  • Drinking Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) Can Cause Serious Harm

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

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to take Miracle Mineral Solution, an oral liquid also known as “Miracle Mineral Supplement” or “MMS.” The product, when used as directed, produces an industrial bleach that can cause serious harm to health. According to the FDA’s website, "The FDA has ...
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  • Bad Doctors – Who is Minding the Store?

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

    By Catherine Bertram An updated annual ranking of state medical boards by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen reveals widespread discrepancies in both the numbers of disciplinary actions taken against physicians’ licenses, and the rates of those disciplinary actions from state to state. Though the specific numbers have changed again, a pronounced trend of significant discrepancies ...
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  • 16 American Workers Die Every Day Due To Unsafe Workplaces

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

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner I was contacted earlier this week to represent the family of a man who died when he fell seven stories as a result of a work accident that likely could have been prevented. All too often, employers consider profits over people, allowing their job sites to fall short of applicable safety standards, endangering American workers. There are strict ...
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  • Oregon settles claims by victims of released offender

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

    By Catherine D. Bertram The Oregon Department of Corrections will pay $6.4 million to victims of "Cowboy Mike" , a paroled offender classified by the DOC as "low risk". When Michael Braae was paroled in 2000, a state judge ordered the DOC to closely monitor him, but the DOC failed to do so. Michael Braae went on a crime spree in 2001. He killed two women, shot another in the ...
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  • Shoulder Pain Pumps Destroy Shoulder Joints

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Jul-2010

    Posted by Catherine Bertram Recognized medical studies show that pain pumps that inject pain medicine right into shoulder joints after surgical procedures are a very likely cause of severe cartilage damage. The FDA, in November 2009 and again in February 2010 issued a warning about this device. At the heart of the shoulder pain pump litigation is the fact that continuous infusion pumps were not ...
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  • St. Louis Hospital Investigated For Safety Lapses

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Jul-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (7/30, Wagman), US Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) "has announced two fresh investigations into the use of improperly sterilized medical equipment" at the Cochran Veterans Affairs "hospital in midtown St. Louis." The article also states that "the General Accounting Office — a watchdog ...
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  • D.C. purchases United Medical Center

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Jul-2010

    By Catherine D. Bertram The District of Columbia has purchased United Medical Center for $20 million after foreclosing on the property. There were no other bidders at the foreclosure sale, and no money will change hands. In late June, the city council voted to foreclose on the property because Specialty Hospitals of America, the hospital’s owner, defaulted on its lease agreements. The ...
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  • CPSC Investigation Leads to Recall of Nap Nanny

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Jul-2010

    Posted by Catherine Bertram Baby Matters LLC, which produces and markets the Nap Nanny, has issued a voluntary recall of Nap Nannies sold between January 2009 and July 2010. The Consumer Product Safety Commission investigated the product after a Michigan infant died when her head became wedged between the Nap Nanny and her crib bumper. Officials emphasized that users should never place the Nap ...
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  • Toyota Recalls 400k High-End Cars In Effort To Fix Steering Defects

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Jul-2010

    Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Toyota’s woes continue. The Washington Post (7/30, Cha) reports that Toyota announced yesterday the recall of "412,000 Avalons and Lexuses for steering problems, bringing the number of cars recalled around the world since October to nearly 9 million. The 373,000 recalled Avalons, dating from between 2000 and 2004, have improperly cast ...
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  • Families of Nearly 3,500 Deceased Vioxx Users Receive Payments From Merck

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-Jul-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Bloomberg News (7/28, Voreacos, Johnson) reports "Merck & Co. paid claims to the families of 3,468 users of its Vioxx painkiller who died of heart attacks or strokes," a court-appointed administrator told a judge Tuesday. "A $4.85 billion settlement fund made payments to the families of 2,878 Vioxx users who died of heart attacks ...
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  • Whistleblower Suits Likely To Increase Given Healthcare Reform

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-Jul-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Bloomberg News (7/28, Bass) reported, "Federal fraud cases begun by private citizens against drugmakers, insurers and hospitals will probably surge. . .driven by incentives in the new health law." The "health overhaul makes it easier for citizens to be rewarded for uncovering swindles" and reduces the time "before medical ...
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  • Columbia University brain lab injected impure drugs into study patients

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-Jul-2010

    By Catherine D. Bertram The New York Times reported that Columbia University has closed the research arm of its Kreitchman PET Center, a prominent brain-imaging clinic, after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration found in 2008 and January 2010 that the Center had injected patients with drugs containing high impurity levels. Lab staffers are accused of falsifying records to hide the improper ...
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  • Is Metro Serious About Safety?

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-Jul-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner In an excellent article by Robert McCartney, published in the Washington Post today, Mr. McCartney notes that "the NTSB took pains in its admirable report to emphasize two messages that weren’t about money at all. First, the Red Line crash, like some previous Metro accidents, was directly attributable to what the NTSB labeled an ...
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  • National Distracted Driving Summit This Fall

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-Jul-2010

    Posted by Catherine Bertram There are 270 million cellphones in use and, according to the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, cell phones have caused 636,000 crashes, including 2,600 deaths, 342,000 injuries and a financial toll of $43 billion each year. Despite recent public campaigns to get people to put down their phones while driving, 81 percent of people saying they use cellphones. That means ...
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  • NY Times blasts Toyota for failing to comply with NHTSA rules.

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-Jul-2010

    Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The New York Times (7/25) editorializes, "All automakers in the United States are required to report flaws in their vehicles to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration within five business days of detection," but Toyota "has repeatedly failed to report potentially deadly problems. The latest omission to be brought to light ...
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  • Are Hospitals Safe?

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 28-Jul-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Carol Diemert, a nursing practice specialist, and Carrie Mortrud, a governmental affairs and public policy specialist with the Minnesota Nurses Association, write in a Minneapolis Star Tribune (7/27) commentary, "Inside the walls of Twin Cities acute care hospitals, all is not as healthy as the public relations flacks would have you ...
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  • Our tax dollars to study “tort reform” – What about patient safety?

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 28-Jul-2010

    By Catherine D. Bertram Massachusetts obtained a $3 million grant to study "alternatives" to a consumer’s 7th Amendment right to a jury trial when it comes medical malpractice claims. The grant is part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program to investigate ways to improve compensation for people injured by medical errors and has a secondarily identified goal of ...
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  • Surgeon Sues to Silence Patient

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 28-Jul-2010

    By Catherine D. Bertram Dr. Kimberley Henry, a California plastic surgeon, has filed a lawsuit against patients who posted negative reviews of her online. Her lawsuit also demands that the reviews be removed. A similar California case last year ended with the dentist being required pay the reviewers’ attorney’s fees under California’s "anti-SLAPP statute" . SLAPP stands ...
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  • Metro at Fault for Fatal June 2009 Metro Crash

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 28-Jul-2010

    By Patrick M. Regan The National Transportation Safety Board met today to announce the findings of its investigation into the June 22, 2009 Metrorail crash that killed nine and injured countless others. An "anemic safety culture", and "layers of safety deficiencies" made the tragedy all but unavoidable, according to Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. "Metro was on a collision ...
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  • Nissan To Recall Cubes Due To Fuel Spill Defect

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 28-Jul-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The AP (7/27, Manning) reports that Nissan has informed NHTSA that it is recalling over 51,000 Cube models in North America "because of possible problems with fuel spilling during rear end collisions," noting that "tests conducted by NHTSA safety regulators found more fuel spilled than federal standards allow. The spillage occurred ...
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  • Defective Circumcision Equipment Permanently Impairs Young Man

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 27-Jul-2010

    By Catherine D. Bertram A jury in Florida issued a decision last week that, L.G., a Florida infant, was entitled to judgment against Mogen Circumcision Instruments, manufacturer of the popular Mogen clamp. The device severed the glans of the infant’s penis during a routine circumcision causing permanent and severe medical complications for this young child. The company had previously stated ...
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  • DUI for Prescription Drugs

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 27-Jul-2010

    A recent report from the New York Times reveals that some patients are being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) after taking medications that have been prescribed to them. What has been surprising to most is that a DUI can be issued to a driver who is impaired from any substance while operating any vehicle such as a car, boat, or bicycle. Statistics relating to impaired driving ...
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  • Zinc nasal gels could cause some patients to lose sense of smell.

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 27-Jul-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The New York Times (7/26, D6, Rabin) reports "a new analysis has concluded that controversial zinc nasal gel products can cause some patients to lose their sense of smell," according to a study in the Archives of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. There is no danger "from taking zinc gluconate orally" but that ...
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  • AAJ Fights Back Against Chamber’s Mission to Limit Access To Justice

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 27-Jul-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (7/23, Levine) reported, "Legal groups have been in the thick of legislative fights to overhaul the financial regulatory system and change liability laws in the wake of the oil spill, though their lobbying spending varies widely. Disclosure reports filed this week show the US Chamber’s Institute for Legal ...
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  • Attorney says civil remedies drive product safety improvements.

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 27-Jul-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner In a column in the Asian Journal (7/24), Atty. C. Joe Sayas, Jr. wrote, "Legal remedies protect the lowly consumer against big companies who put profits over the public good. The factual history of the American civil justice system shows how the courage of these consumers and their attorneys who waged these legal fights…advanced the cause ...
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