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University of Illinois intends to pay 10 million of 30 million dollar settlement

A medical malpractice case in which a toddler suffered a disastrous brain injury because of complications during surgery has resulted in a $30 million settlement proposal. The lawsuit, which was filed by the child’s mother, Ethel Chavez, alleges negligence against a pediatric surgeon named Dr. Mark Holterman, who operated on the baby during 24 exploratory …

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National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., (Aug. 19, 2003) --  A Navy hospitalcorpsman unwraps medication to replenish one of the hundreds of bins in the pharmacy at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  U.S. Navy photo by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Seth Rossman.  (RELEASED)

Liability of pharmacist for improper advice

There was a case in which a patient telephoned a pharmacist regarding a medication for her spouse, who subsequently used the medication, and became ill as a result. The wife informed the pharmacist about her husband’s medical history, and the pharmacist told her that her husband could safely use a pseudoephedrine product. The pharmacist failed …

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Researchers say handful of doctors are responsible for medical malpractice claims

A recent study has found that a small percentage of doctors with distinctive traits are responsible for a disproportionately large number of paid medical malpractice claims that are settled or awarded damages at trial. According to research published in the February issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, 1 percent of doctors accounted for …

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4 simple tips for avoiding common medication errors

People of all ages can be vulnerable to medication mistakes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 700,000 emergency room visits occur each year due to harmful drug errors. Those taking medication can be prone to common mistakes such as missing or taking wrong doses, mixing up prescription medications of different names …

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Alleged misdiagnosis results in woman’s liver failure and death

A woman from Chicago, Illinois, claims physicians at Illinois Cancer Specialists committed medical malpractice when they performed a misdiagnosis of her sister’s hepatitis B, and as a result caused her to suffer liver failure and die. As independent executor of the estate of Karen S. Karnik, Susan M. Lode filed a lawsuit on January 27 …

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Man dies from Walgreens prescription error

A man named Terry Paul Smith voiced complaints to his physician about a drug he had been taking for leg and back pain. His physician then changed his prescription to a narcotic pain reliever called methadone. After filling the prescription at a Walgreens pharmacy in Jacksonville, Florida, and taking the drug, he died within 36 …

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Report reveals the tainted medical devices that are giving rise to superbug infections

A Senate health committee report published in mid-January has found a growing number of patients have been infected or killed by contaminated medical scopes in recent years, including two people who died at a Chicago hospital. Duodenoscopes were responsible for infecting more than 250 patients with antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States and Europe between …

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Why registered nurses are more likely to identify drug errors in nursing homes

New research has found that registered nurses (RNs) are more likely than licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to evaluate and identify medication errors that could pose risks to nursing home residents. Researchers said carefully monitoring medication could help prevent almost 66 percent of all falls, hallucinations and other drug-related problems experienced by nursing home residents. The …

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Women sue birth control company for packaging error

More than 100 women from across the United States have filed a lawsuit against Qualitest Pharmaceuticals for an alleged birth control packaging error that resulted in unwanted pregnancies. The 113 women from 28 states are seeking millions of dollars in damages for their pain and suffering, lost wages and expenses to cover the cost of …

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National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., (Aug. 19, 2003) --  A Navy hospitalcorpsman unwraps medication to replenish one of the hundreds of bins in the pharmacy at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  U.S. Navy photo by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Seth Rossman.  (RELEASED)

Walgreens pharmacy’s lack of compliance with patient consultation rules

A consumer protection lawsuit accusing Walgreens pharmacists in California of failing to comply with patient consultation rules was settled for $502,200. According to Bonnie Dumanis, the District Attorney for San Diego County, pharmacist consultations avert medication errors and make certain that patients are given the correct prescription for their illness or condition. Her office worked …

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