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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 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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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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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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Illinois lawsuit seeks 4.35 million dollars from pharmaceutical manufacturer

An Illinois pharmaceutical negligence lawsuit seeking $4.35 million has been removed to a multidistrict litigation (MDL) court. The lawsuit, filed against the makers of Xarelto, alleges that the medication, which is designed to prevent strokes, instead prevented the plaintiff’s blood from properly congealing. The plaintiff, Sonja Lemoins, filed the 90-count complaint in Madison County, Illinois, …

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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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Zoloft birth injury litigation develops

Hundreds of lawsuits have alleged that mothers taking Zoloft and other antidepressants during pregnancies suffer birth injuries to their children. Now, a bellwether trial has been scheduled in multidistrict litigation. U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe is presiding over 475 cases in the multidistict litigation in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She …

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Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuits Progress in Federal Multidistrict Litigation

More than 1,700 personal injury lawsuits are pending against pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim in Illinois. Plaintiffs filing in the in federal multidistrict litigation allege that the company’s blood-thinning medication Pradaxa caused internal bleeding. These lawsuits are part of multidistrict litigation in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois. On November 4, the court established a …

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Pfizer Sued Over Birth Injury that Resulted in Death

An Illinois couple has filed a lawsuit against Pfizer after a birth injury resulted in their son’s death. The plaintiffs assert that their son was exposed to the antidepressant Zoloft, manufactured by Pfizer, and that he suffered from syndactyly and hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which eventually led to his death. The lawsuit was filed in …

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