Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

HIPAA Privacy Protections May Need Update to Keep Pace With Technology

Healthcare IT News reported the proliferation of digitized and connected health over the past two decades is raising questions over whether and how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 should be reformed. “HIPAA combined with the HITECH Act … Continue reading

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FTC Charges Jellyfish Memory Supplement Makers with Fraud

NBC News reports the FTC charged Quincy Bioscience with fraud for their marketing of Prevagen, “a memory supplement based on a glowing jellyfish protein.” The FTC alleges that the company is “falsely advertising it as a memory booster, and falsely claiming … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Accuses Insys of Pushing Powerful Opioid on Unsuitable Patients

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports attorney Richard Hollawell has filed a lawsuit against Insys Therapeutics Inc. on behalf of Sarah Fuller’s estate. Fuller was given Subsys, “a fast-acting opioid” made by Insys which “is 50 times more potent than heroin,” to treat chronic … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Tests Liability of Brand Manufacturers in Cases Involving Generic Drugs

STAT examines a number of “interesting twists” in a lawsuit faced by GlaxoSmithKline from the widow of a man who committed suicide while he was taking a generic version of Paxil. “The key issue in play, however, is whether consumers can … Continue reading

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Superbug Outbreak at Foreign Hospital Raises Questions about Olympus’ Duodenoscope

The Los Angeles Times reports that a reusable duodenoscope modified by Olympus last year has been linked to a superbug outbreak at an undisclosed foreign health facility, according to a report filed with the Food and Drug Administration. Medical safety expert Lawrence … Continue reading

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Boston Scientific Recalling Lotus Valve Replacement System Because of Defective Component

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Boston Scientific Corp. is recalling an older version of its Lotus transcatheter aortic valve replacement system after three patient deaths. The company says the defect in the product should not concern patients who have already had the … Continue reading

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FDA Informing Healthcare Providers of Increased Rate of Major Adverse Cardiac Events Seen in Patients Receiving Absorb Stent

Reuters reports that research indicated individuals “who received” Absorb, a “novel dissolving vascular stent, had a significantly higher rate of serious adverse heart events than those treated with […] Xience” two years following implantation. Investigators found that “after two years, 10.9 … Continue reading

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Physicians Sue Hospitals for Discrimination for Economic Reasons

The Houston Chronicle  reports an increasing number of lawsuits nationwide involve cases of hospitals accused of denying healthcare providers the ability to admit patients due to economic reasons rather than performance. The American Medical Association “said it knows of several court … Continue reading

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Four Former FDA Commissioners Warn of Dangers of Drug Importation

The Washington Post reports former Food and Drug Administration Commissioners Robert Califf, Margaret Hamburg, Andrew von Eschenbach, and Mark McClellan signed an open letter posted by the Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University “warning Congress that legalizing the importation of … Continue reading

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Families Bring Class-Action Suit Against Sanofi Over Epilepsy Drug Linked to Birth Effects

The AP reports a French association of about 2,900 families affected by Depakine, an epilepsy drug that caused birth defects, “launched a class action against pharmaceutical company Sanofi on Tuesday.” A study by the newspaper Le Canard Enchaine “found that Depakine was prescribed … Continue reading

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