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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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Pharmacy error causes woman to become comatose and suffer memory loss

A woman from Cook County, Chicago, filed a lawsuit against Walgreens, alleging that a pharmacist gave his recommendation that she take two incompatible drugs, which caused her to lapse into a coma, and experience memory loss. According to the Cook County Record, Madiline Hicks filed a lawsuit in Cook County Court. The lawsuit alleges personal …

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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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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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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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Chicago jury awards fourteen million dollars in medical malpractice lawsuit

A Chicago jury recently awarded $14 million to the plaintiff in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The plaintiff, Mariola Zapalski, was prescribed the birth control drug Yasmin. After taking the medication for 13 days, she suffered a stroke that resulted in a permanent brain injury and the paralysis of her left side. She now requires around-the-clock …

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Unreported robotic surgery injuries pose new FDA questions

More than 350,000 surgeries were performed with Intuitive Surgical Inc.’s robotic da Vinci device in 2012 alone. The use of robotic devices in surgery has expanded greatly in recent years. Unfortunately, however, injuries associated with these surgeries have also increased, and such injuries often lead to medical malpractice litigation. Patients considering surgery may find it …

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Nearly 10,000 Cases Pending in Yasmin/Yaz Multidistrict Litigation in Illinois

There are nearly 10,000 lawsuits pending in multidistrict litigation in federal court in Illinois over personal injuries allegedly caused by the contraceptive drugs Yasmin and Yaz. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) said that 9,961 actions were pending in the Yasmin/Yaz MDL as of May 14. The MDL is No. 2100 in U.S. …

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Antidepressants Increase Risk of Birth Injuries

Although the use of antidepressants has skyrocketed in recent years and they are still prescribed to pregnant women, multiple studies have demonstrated a link between antidepressant use during pregnancy and birth injuries. Over the past 20 years, the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac and others has increased 400 …

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FDA Investigating Robotic Surgery Problems

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a rise in problems with a robotic surgery device, including errors that may constitute medical malpractice. The robot, called da Vinci, is manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc. and was used in close to 400,000 surgeries in 2012, three times as many as in 2008. Now the FDA …

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