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Illinois introduces new pharmacy guidelines to enhance patient safety

Under new regulations Illinois pharmacists will now be required to counsel patients when they get new medication orders filled or are seeking changes to regular prescriptions. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner recently approved the updated guidelines in an effort to improve customer safety. Pharmacists must provide verbal counseling when dispensing drugs to new patients, giving new …

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Illinois considers measures to improve pharmacy safety

The heavy workload of pharmacists in Illinois has been under the spotlight in recent months. The state has proposed several bills in an effort to improve consumer safety and reduce the chances of prescription errors that can cause harm to patients. The Illinois House of Representatives voted in favor of legislation that would set up …

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Chicago Dangerous Product Lawyer

IKEA settles lawsuit regarding dangerous dressers for $50M

IKEA, which is the biggest seller of furniture worldwide, has entered into a $50 million settlement agreement with the families of three young boys, whose deaths were caused by products manufactured by the Swedish company. The victims, who were two years old and younger, perished when IKEA dressers fell over them. In each case, the …

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Illinois Dangerous Product Lawyer

Illinois man claims Nexium use caused kidney disease

An Illinois man filed a product liability lawsuit against Nexium, claiming he suffered chronic kidney disease after taking the heartburn drug. George Mullen brought the complaint against Nexium manufacturer AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on August 26. He is seeking $10 million in damages for alleged …

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Illinois Pharmacy Error Lawyer

Illinois man alleges Wal-Mart pharmacist filled wrong prescription

A man who suffers from high blood pressure sued a Wal-Mart pharmacy in Cahokia, Illinois, claiming the pharmacist provided him with the incorrect prescription. Leroy Turner filed the lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court on August 25, 2015. He alleged Wal-Mart Inc. and pharmacist Christopher L. Hurtte were negligent in providing him with the …

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Medication Error Lawyer

Confusion over drug names leads to medication errors

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some physicians and pharmacists are experiencing some confusion over the similarity of the names of an antidepressant and a blood-thinning medication. Although the FDA claims it is unaware of anyone who consumed the wrong medication, the agency said it received 50 reports of medication errors, including instances …

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Hospital Computer System Drug Error

Hospital computer systems fall short in preventing drug errors

Medication errors at hospitals are the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Journal of Patient Safety. In order to address the problem and enhance patient safety, many hospitals have implemented computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems for ordering medication. According to a report from hospital rating organization The Leapfrog, …

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Chicago Defective Product Lawsuit Attorney

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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Automatic Brakes Will Be Made Standard Feature by Ten Automakers

Automatic braking, a safety feature with the potential to reduce the number of accidents and save lives, has so far been available only as a pricey option that many consumers choose to forgo. Now, 10 automakers have announced that they will make the feature standard on all their vehicles. Automatic braking technology uses laser, radar …

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Walgreens Pharmacy Error

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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