The Surprising Dangers of Spring Allergies — And What to Do About Them

Seasonal allergies might seem like a minor annoyance, but they have a greater impact than you suspect. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that allergies are the sixth most common chronic condition in the United States — and that they cost the nation’s economy over $18 billion per year. Some patients only experience mild symptoms, but others suffer severe heart and respiratory issues due to high pollen counts. No matter the extent of your allergy symptoms, it’s important to get the issue under control as soon as possible. Your allergies impact your quality of life, making…

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Common Medication Errors: How You Can Avoid Top Dangers at Home

If you’re anything like most Americans, you have a medicine cabinet chock full of pills — and you take at least one every day. One wrong move, however, and the drugs you rely on could prove deadly. Medication errors are far too common, but they’re nearly always preventable. The following are among the most common mistakes involving prescription drugs: Overdose Overdoses are responsible for a significant portion of drug-related injuries and deaths. These can occur due to doctor or pharmacist mistakes — but user error is often to blame. Overdoses can best be avoided by only taking prescribed drugs at…

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Doctors Who Abuse Drugs And Alcohol: By the Numbers

The medical profession is notoriously stressful, especially for physicians and other high-level employees. Unfortunately, many self-medicate in hopes of managing the constant barrage of anxiety. This leaves both medical professionals and the patients they’re charged with protecting at risk. Below, we shed light on the scourge of drugs and alcohol in the health care industry: Prevalence of Abuse Abuse is shockingly common among doctors; in a notable study published in the American Journal on Addictions, 15.3 percent of surveyed physicians met diagnostic criteria for alcohol dependency. Likewise, research indicates that benzodiazepine and opiate abuse rates are higher among doctors than…

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Report: Drug Dispensing Errors Kill 100,000 Per Year

Prescription drug errors can leave patients with debilitating or life-threatening injuries. In some cases, patients lose their lives when they receive the wrong drugs at their local pharmacies. According to CBS News in Dallas-Fort Worth, who investigated the problem, prescription drug errors are responsible for an estimated 100,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. CBS News pulled its statistics from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. There are multiple reasons why pharmacies may incorrectly dispense prescription drugs. Poor communication, similar drug names and medications that look alike are causes of medication errors. Patients may receive the incorrect medication or the…

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Columbia University brain lab injected impure drugs into study patients | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

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 injections from auditors. A positron emission tomography (PET) scan requires the patient to be injected with radioactive drugs, which move through the brain and allow the PET scan to build a three-dimensional model of the brain.  But the drugs have a short shelf life, and the…

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FDA WARNING: QUE SHE WEIGHT LOSS SUPPLEMENT CONTAINS DRUGS | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

The FDA warned consumers and healthcare professionals today of the dangers of Que She, a capsule which was marketed as an herbal weight loss supplement but actually also “contains unlisted and active pharmaceutical ingredients that could harm consumers, especially those with cardiovascular conditions.” The FDA recommends that people who have purchased Que She should stop taking the product immediately and consult a health care professional. Below is an excerpt from the full FDA Public Health alert including the unlisted drugs within the “herbal supplement”: Que She, advertised as “Slimming Factor Capsule” and as “an all-natural blend of Chinese herbs,” has…

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Taxotere Promotional Materials Misleading | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Dow Jones Newswires  reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has urged Sanofi-Aventis SA, a drug manufacturer, “to stop distributing certain promotional material for its breast cancer drug, Taxotere [docetaxel], saying the material misleadingly claims the medicine is more effective than proven.”  According to the report, the FDA has indicated that “binders with reprinted medical studies claim Sanofi’s Taxotere is better than other medicines to treat patients with breast cancer after prior chemotherapy treatments failed,” yet the “FDA is unaware of substantial evidence to support these claims.” We encourage our readers to be…

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