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January 15, 2013

When Hospitals Make Mistakes With Medications, They Rarely Tell The Patient

According to an article in The Washington Post, a new study has found that patients and their families are rarely told when hospitals make mistakes with their medicines. Asad Latif, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the study’s lead author stated the research revealed that despite literature supporting full disclosure to patients, "the patient and/or their family is immediately informed when an error occurs barely two percent of the time."

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January 15, 2013

Ala. Supreme Court Ruling May Mark Post-Mensing Trend For Brand-Name Liability

On January 11, 2013, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that a patient could sue a brand-name company for failing to warn about a drug’s risks even though he had taken a generic version of the product that the company did not make.

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January 13, 2011

FDA limits acetaminophen in prescription combination products and requires liver toxicity warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers of prescription combination products that contain acetaminophen to limit the amount of acetaminophen to no more than 325 milligrams (mg) in each tablet or capsule.
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January 10, 2013

Doctors with links to drug companies influence treatment guidelines

In December 2012, an analysis by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage today found that doctors with financial ties to drug companies have heavily influenced guidelines recommending the most lucrative drugs in American medicine.
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January 9, 2013

Take Justice Back

In November 2012, The American Association for Justice ("AAJ") launched an online, grassroots initiative called "Take Justice Back." The interactive "Take Back Justice" website educates Americans about the importance of the civil justice system, shares with the public real stories of people denied justice, and engages consumers through social media to empower...Continue Reading

January 10, 2012

Supreme Court to Hear Post-Mensing Generic Drug Case

Karen Bartlett brought an action in state court against drug manufacturer Mutual Pharmaceutical Company, asserting state-law strict products liability claims for failure to warn and defective design, as well as claims for negligence and fraud. After taking sulindac, the manufacturer's generic non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug ("NSAID") prescribed for pain, Ms. Bartlett developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome ("SJS") and toxic epidermal necrolysis ("TEN").

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January 10, 2012

New Legislative Proposal Seeks to Eliminate Justice for Injured Georgians

The Center for Justice & Democracy ("CJ &D") at New York Law School recently released a study entitled, "Georgia's Patient Compensation System-A New State Agency That Will Harm Patients." The study critiques a current legislative proposal in Georgia that would eliminate the right to jury trial for all patients injured by medical malpractice, replacing juries with a government agency comprised of political appointees and government bureaucrats pulled from the medical and business industries.

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