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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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Medication errors cause more than 1.3 million injuries per year

Medication errors are one of the most common causes of medical malpractice, resulting in 1.3 million injuries per year, according to estimates from the FDA. A study of 50 pharmacies nationwide found a 1.7 percent error rate. With 4 billion prescriptions filled each year in the United States, that means there could be more than …

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Illinois doctor seeks to dismiss medical malpractice lawsuit

An Illinois doctor seeks dismissal of a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against him. The lawsuit claims that the doctor perforated a patient’s bladder during a hysterectomy. The doctor’s motion to dismiss claims that a report by a reviewing health care professional was not filed on time. According to the lawsuit, an outpatient hysterectomy and oophorectomy …

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$28 million verdict in medical malpractice case

A jury awarded a patient $28 million in a recent medical malpractice case. The jury awarded $28,215,278.00 to Anna Rahm for pain and suffering, for future loss of earnings and for future medical expenses after a four-week trial. The jury found Kaiser Permanente liable for improper medical treatment that resulted in Rahm losing parts of …

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