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  • How Important Is Physician Honesty to You, the Patient?

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Jul-2012

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner Health Affairs, which touts itself as the leading journal of health policy and research, recently published results of a survey indicating that at least some physicians are not always open or honest with patients. Health Affairs is a multidisciplinary journal that covers a wide range of health care topics. It was founded in 1981as part of ...
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  • Article Suggests Merck Hid Evidence of Vioxx’s Harmful Effects

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Jul-2012

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and senior partner Our health is so important. For some, it’s the most important thing in life. So we need companies to manufacture medicines to maintain health and cure illness. It is never acceptable, however, for a company to put profits over people. Pharmalot (7/11, Silverman) reports that almost eight years after Merck removed Vioxx from ...
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  • Sedona Labs Recalls iFlora Children’s Supplements

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Jul-2012

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and senior partner Reuters (7/11, Simpson) reports that Atrium Innovations Inc.’s Sedona Labs unit is recalling its iFlora 4-Kids Powder, sold by healthcare professionals, and its iFlora Kids Multi-Probiotic, sold online and in US health food stores, due to possible contamination of a galactooligosaccharide component with salmonella. To date, ...
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  • Rogue Doctors Go Undisciplined By States

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Jul-2012

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and senior trial attorney. State Medical Boards are utterly failing to discipline physicians who have been sanctioned by hospitals for a variety of reasons, including committing medical errors. A report shows that "63 percent of the doctors whose hospital privileges were restricted or revoked were not disciplined by the state’s Board of ...
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  • Stryker Recalls Modular Neck-Stem Devices Attaching to Artificial Hips

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Jul-2012

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and senior partner The Boston Business Journal (7/10, Donnelly, Subscription Publication) reported, "Stryker Orthopaedics has voluntarily recalled two brands of devices used in conjunction with artificial hips in hip replacement surgeries, according to the US Food and Drug Administration website." To date, "there have been at least 45 ...
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  • So You Think Your Medical Device Was Safety Tested? Think Again.

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Jul-2012

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner Medical devices such as artificial joints, heart defibrillators and surgical mesh have become an integral part of the healthcare industry. As consumers, we would naturally expect that those devices have been tested for safety and effectiveness. In reality, many implants and other high-risk devices on the market have not undergone any ...
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  • Teenage Drivers and Safety-Belt Use

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Jul-2012

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner The leading cause of death for teenagers is motor vehicle crashes. Although teens are taught the importance of safety-belts in driver’s education classes, one of the major reasons for deaths as well as serious injuries among teens is lack of safety-belt use. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), more than ...
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  • FDA Links Cholesterol-Reducing Medications to Other Medical Issues

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 10-Jul-2012

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now officially linked cholesterol-reducing drugs to cognitive problems, diabetes and muscle pain. Some important safety labeling changes are now to be included on these drugs, generally known as statins, including Lipitor, Lescol, Mevacor, Altoprev, Livalo, Pravachol, Crestor, and Zocor, as well ...
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  • Another Option for Fighting Distracted Driving – Limiting Vehicle Technology?

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 10-Jul-2012

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has long advocated educating the public about the dangers of distracted driving and getting states to pass laws restricting cellphone calls and text messaging. He emphasizes the need for personal responsibility on the part of all drivers. "We started this campaign three years ago when no one ...
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  • Distracted Driving: It’s Everyone’s Problem

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 10-Jul-2012

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and senior partner DISTRACTION.GOV – Official U.S Government Website for Distracted Driving Yes, there is an official government website for distracted driving. Why? Because distracted driving results in thousands of traffic crashes and deaths in this country every year. The epidemic of distracted driving continues to cause drivers to drive ...
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  • Feds Prob Potential Deadly Lack of Treatment for Diabetics in DC Schools

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 10-Jul-2012

    By Catherine Bertram, partner According to an article in the Washington Post, the U.S. Department of Education is investigating DC Schools because of a complaint by the mother of a diabetic third grader at Davis Elementary in Southeast D.C. The mother contends that when the school nurse was not available she was told she only had two options on those days: either come to school with her child, ...
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  • Forensic Evidence May Not Always Be Reliable

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 10-Jul-2012

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner A relatively recent investigative report by the Washington Post discovered that the Justice Department may have known for years that forensic evidence used to convict some innocent people may have been based on flawed forensic evidence and weak laboratory standards. Investigations revealed that the forensic evidence used in court trials ...
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  • DECODING MEDICAL RECORDS IN MALPRACTICE CASES

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 8-Jul-2012

    By Catherine Bertram, partner ( cbertram@reganfirm.com) One of the key tasks we initially perform when investigating a case involving malpractice or abuse at a health care facility is a thorough review of the medical records. At our firm we have two attorney who have both worked in hospital settings so we are quite familiar with medical records. Catherine(“Katie”) Bertram is a partner ...
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  • Trucker Drivers & Districted Driving: A Deadly Combo

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 6-Jul-2012

    By Catherine Bertram The Federal Government commissioned a study a few years ago involving distracted driving among commercial vehicle operators, such as those who drive large trucks and buses. The most recently published crash data indicate that over 40,000 people were killed in road crashes. Of these fatalities, over 10% involved large trucks. Past research has suggested that driver distraction ...
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  • Brain Damage/Cerebral Palsy Can Be Caused By Malpractice

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 4-Jul-2012

    By Catherine Bertram, Partner & Senior Trial Attorney "Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same." -Franz Peter Schubert The medical staff at the Mayo Clinic define "Cerebral palsy" (CP) is a general term for a group of disorders that appear during the first few years of life and affect a child’s ability to coordinate ...
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  • Chiropractic Cervical Manipulation, If Done Wrong, Can Be Deadly

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 3-Jul-2012

    By Catherine Bertram, partner Each year in the U.S., 22 million patients are treated by Doctors of Chiropractic,more commonly called chiropractors, or "chiropractic physicians" in some states. It is estimated that there are 52,000 chiropractors currently performing such treatment. The average chiropractor in private practice performs as many as 50-100 manual vertebral manipulations a ...
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  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Can Be Deadly if Not Diagnosed Promptly

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 3-Jul-2012

    By Catherine Bertram Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a serious disorder in which your skin and mucous membranes react severely to a medication or infection. Often, Stevens-Johnson syndrome begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters, eventually causing the top layer of your skin to die and shed. It is important that physicians keep this ...
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  • Children’s Pajamas Recalled

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 3-Jul-2012

    By Catherine Bertram, partner Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ( CPSC ), in cooperation with Gabiano Collection, issued a voluntary recall of about 6000 pajamas which are more fully described below. There are photo images of the pajamas as well if you click on the word recall in the prior sentence you can see what the recalled sleepwear looks like. Consumers should stop using ...
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