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  • Sexual Abuse at Summer Camp: What Can Parents Do?

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

    According to the American Camp Association ( ACA ), more than 10 million American children will attend summer camp in 2010. For the vast majority of them, camp will no doubt be a positive experience–an opportunity to get outside, try new things, build self-esteem, and form new friendships. However, it is equally certain that some of those 10 million campers will have their camp experiences ...
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  • “Baby Left in Vehicle for 30 Minutes on Hot Day”

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

    Three weeks ago, we wrote about the dangers of children overheating in hot cars. A recent article in the York (PA) Daily Record should serve as a timely reminder to all of us to be extra vigilant about not leaving our children in cars as temperatures begin to soar this summer. 06/28/2010 10:20:33 PM EDT "A Seven Valleys man was arrested Sunday after leaving a 7-month-old infant alone in a ...
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  • Should a Death at Sea Matter Less than a Death on Land?

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

    Posted by Patrick M. Regan When a BP refinery in Texas exploded in 2005, killing 15 workers and injuring 300, the company paid out $1.6 billion in settlements to compensate those workers and their families. But the families of those killed in the April 20, 2010, explosion on board the Deepwater Horizon stand to recover far less. It turns out that deaths on the Deepwater Horizon fall under the ...
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  • A July 4th Fireworks Safety Reminder

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 25-Jun-2010

    Fireworks maim, and even kill, American adults and children every year. As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the safety issues that surround fireworks usage. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides some sobering statistics: "In 2006, fireworks caused an estimated 32,600 reported fires, including 1,700 total structure ...
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  • FDA Unaware of Companies’ Foreign Drug Trials

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Jun-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner In a story appearing on over 100 news websites, the AP (6/23, Perrone) reports that the FDA "is reviewing only a fraction of foreign drug trials, as companies increasingly move drug testing overseas to reduce costs." According to a report issued Tuesday by the Inspector General for HHS, the FDA "inspected about one percent of foreign ...
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  • Pool Safety – Recreational Water Illnesses

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Jun-2010

    Every year, germs in pools, lakes, rivers, and water parks sicken thousands of Americans, most frequently with diarrheal illnesses (caused by germs such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Shigella, norovirus and E. coli, according to the CDC ). Collectively, the illnesses they contract are known as recreational water illnesses, or RWIs. While you should not let RWIs scare you away from your favorite ...
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  • FDA Warning: Counterfeit Tamiflu

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Jun-2010

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a report about the sale of Generic Tamiflu over the internet. Tamiflu, a drug used for the treatment of patients with illness due to influenza that contains the active ingredient oseltamivir, has been sold through websites claiming to be online drug stores. The Generic Tamiflu that is being sold through these websites has cloxacillin as its ...
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  • Pfizer Withdraws Mylotarg From US Market

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Jun-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The Wall Street Journal (6/22, Dooren) reports that the FDA has announced that Pfizer Inc. has withdrawn Mylotarg (gemtuzumab ozogamicin) from the US market following research indicating that the medication was not effective and was linked to safety issues. The AP (6/22, Perrone) reports that the drug "carries a warning label about a sometimes ...
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  • Pool Safety – What Does a Good Lifeguard Look Like?

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Jun-2010

    American pool-goers often associate the simple presence of lifeguards with safety, yet every summer, swimmers drown in guarded pools. The presence of a lifeguard is of little use if he is not actively working to protect the swimmers in the pool. So as a swimmer (or as the parent or caretaker of a swimmer), what are some of the signs that can help you tell the difference between a well-guarded pool ...
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  • Special Master Oversees BP Compensation Fund

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 21-Jun-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The Washington Post (6/19, Rucker) reports, "It is not easy to divvy up $20 billion. Perhaps no one in America knows this better than Kenneth R. Feinberg. The nation’s ‘special master’ in charge of disbursing massive relief funds has overseen the paying out of billions of dollars for families of those who died in the Sept. 11 ...
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  • BP Establishes $20 Billion Compensation Fund

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

    Posted by Patrick M. Regan President Obama met with the leaders of oil giant BP on Wednesday at the White House. Following President Obama’s strong urging, BP announced that it agreed to establish a $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon oil spill. By federal law, economic liabilities for oil spills are capped at a mere $75 million; BP’s ...
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  • Wash Your Hands or You’re Fired!

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

    Wash your hands or you’re fired! That, in short, is what Abingdon Memorial Hospital (located in Abingdon, PA) has begun telling its employees, although they do get two warnings before receiving a pink slip. As reported by Fierce Healthcare, this seemingly drastic measure has been undertaken as the final step in a multi-pronged campaign begun in late 2007, when an internal investigation found ...
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  • FDA Tylenol & Benadryl Recall Update

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

    Yesterday, Johnson & Johnson announced the recall of five additional lots of over-the-counter medications that were inadvertently omitted from a January 15, 2010 recall of similar products. The latest recall involves four lots of BENADRYL® Allergy ULTRATAB™ 100 COUNT pills and one lot of TYLENOL® EXTRA STRENGTH RAPID RELEASE GELCAP 50CT, both manufactured by McNeil Consumer ...
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  • Tips for Driving through Highway Construction Zones Safely

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

    According to the Federal Highway Administration ( FHWA ), 720 motorists and workers were killed in highway work zones in 2008, the most recent year for which data is available. Perhaps surprisingly, roughly 85% of the victims were drivers and their passengers, not workers, who might at first appear to be more exposed to danger. This summer, as road construction crews are out in force during the ...
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  • FDA Warns Pfizer on failure to report drug complaints.

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 10-Jun-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner According to an AP report, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to "Pfizer Inc. for failing to promptly report complaints with its drugs that may have involved serious injury." In the 12-page letter, dated May 26, the FDA "cites a number of product complaints which were not reported to government regulators within ...
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  • Tire Safety Week: Common Sense Advice to Drive Safer & Save Money!

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

    Not enough Americans are taking care of their tires. A recent survey conducted by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) revealed some startling statistics: "Only 17% of vehicles had four properly inflated tires. 55% of vehicles had at least one under-inflated tire. 15% of vehicles had at least one tire under-inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi). 20% of vehicles had at least one ...
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  • A Summer Bike Safety Reminder

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 8-Jun-2010

    A recent posting on the Greater Greater Washington blog about the new bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue reminded us that the beginning of summer is a great time to take a moment to think about bike safety. As Salvatore Zambri, a founding partner of Regan Zambri & Long, posted earlier for the DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog, 600,000 people are treated annually in U.S. emergency rooms for ...
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  • McDonald’s Recalls Shrek Promotional Glasses

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 7-Jun-2010

    On Friday, June 4, 2010, McDonald’s announced a voluntary recall of some 12 million Shrek-themed promotional glasses that it sold in May and June, after finding trace amounts of cadmium in the cartoon designs baked onto them. Cadmium, a naturally occurring element, is a known carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) that has been linked to several other health issues. If you have any of the ...
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  • When Is the Worst Time to Go to the Hospital?

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

    According to a recently published study by UC San Diego social scientist David H. Phillips, the month of July is probably the worst time to go to the hospital, at least at teaching hospitals. His study presents the first empirical evidence that lends support to what is known as the "July Effect," an uptick in the rate of medical errors in July as young, inexperienced doctors begin their ...
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  • FDA Recalls and Medicine Safety

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 3-Jun-2010

    Over the weekend, four PediaCare brands of children’s medicines became the most recent additions to a string of recalls stemming from Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil plant in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Four PediaCare products joined the long list of child and infant liquid formulations of Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl that had previously been recalled. According to WebMD, ...
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  • Kids and Hot Cars: The Danger of Hyperthermia

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 2-Jun-2010

    Every summer, dozens of American children overheat and die of hyperthermia in parked cars. Hyperthermia, the opposite of the more familiar term “hypothermia,” is essentially the extreme overheating of the body. While most parents tend to believe that this nightmare could never happen to them, these tragedies still continue to occur, year in and year out. According to a 2005 study ...
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