Monthly Archives: March 2015

HHS, Critics Differ on Safety of Electronic Health records

USA Today reports on the debate over the safety of electronic health records, noting that while HHS officials argued on Tuesday that the safety benefits of the records “outweigh any potential problems,” critics “say regulators are pushing health care providers to … Continue reading

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VA Plans to Count the Home Value Toward Net Worth

Recently the Veterans Administration issued proposed changes in the Federal Register that would: Impose a 3 year look back for transfers of assets, including gifts to persons, trusts or purchases of annuities, Deny claims for up to 10 years due … Continue reading

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CDC: Half of US Prescriptions for Antibiotics Unnecessary

The Washington Post “Wonkblog” reports that according to the CDC, 80% of American are issued prescription antibiotics every year, and “up to half of the estimated 258 million prescriptions are unnecessary.” Jesse Goodman, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Medical … Continue reading

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Pfizer Agrees to $400 Million Settlement in Off-Labeling Marketing Lawsuit

The Wall Street Journal “Pharmalot” blog reports that Pfizer has agreed to a $400 million settlement in a class-action securities suit in which investors alleged the drug maker marketed several treatments on an off-label basis, including painkiller Bextra (valdecoxib), epilepsy treatment Lyrica … Continue reading

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How to Get Fully Compensated After Being in an Accident

Once a person has been hurt in an accident, it can be hard to tell where to turn. In many cases, they may find that they are having a tough time dealing with the insurance companies. During this time, those … Continue reading

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The Dos and Don’ts When You Are Under Investigation for a DUI Related Accident

The chances of being involved in an accident increase when a person chooses to drink. When a person makes the choice to drink and drive and that choice results in an accident, the police will investigate it as a DUI … Continue reading

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How to Prepare Your Elderly Parent for a Medical Emergency

If you have aging parents that are living alone, you likely worry about their safety—especially if they suffer from medical conditions. While medical emergencies are common in households with elderly people, you don’t have to live with constant worry about … Continue reading

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Law And Finance: Five Offenses That Could Cost A Lot Of Money

Breaking the law always comes with negative consequences, but some offenses can cost more than others. In addition to the revocation of certain privileges and possible jail time, many offenses can cost major dollars. Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Driving … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Call on Congress to Reform US Food Safety System

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Rosa L. Delauro (D-CT) argue in an op-ed for The Hill that food safety “needs to be a part of our national security conversation.” They note that “fifteen separate agencies” are currently responsible for policing the … Continue reading

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Bacterial Deaths Associated With Use of Duodenoscopes

USA Today reports on the “deadly pattern of illnesses” that emerged in Seattle hospitals in 2012 that in each case stemmed from the use of duodenoscopes. The device is a “specialized endoscope, threaded down the throat of a half-million patients a … Continue reading

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