Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

Medical Errors Now Third-Leading Cause of Death

ABC World News Tonight  reported John Hopkins researchers say medical errors are now the third-leading cause of death in the US, with an estimated 250,000 fatal medical mistakes in 2013. Only heart disease and cancer cause more deaths. The CBS Evening News reported that … Continue reading

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Ignoring Documentation Requirements an Alarming Trend Among Device Makers

MedCity News reports that “an alarming trend” is occurring in the medical device industry in which “many medical device companies are compiling and submitting 510(k)s to FDA for review without establishing a QMS, without documenting Design Controls, and without document [sic] … Continue reading

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Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against CVS Over Dietary Supplement’s Memory Claims

Natural Products Insider reports in its “Insider Law” blog that CVS Pharmacy has been named in a lawsuit “that contends the retailer has engaged in unfair and deceptive practices through the marketing and sale of a dietary supplement known as Algal-900 … Continue reading

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Olympus Settles Hospital Bribery Allegations For $623 Million

Reuters reports the Justice Department said Tuesday the Japanese company Olympus Corp’s US Olympus Corp of the Americas and Olympus Latin America Inc units agreed to pay $312.4 million in criminal penalties and an additional $310.8 million for civil claims to … Continue reading

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Security Experts Warn of Threat Hackers Pose to Medical Devices

The Hill reported that “it is embarrassingly easy to hack medical devices, experts warn, creating a new security threat that could have life-or-death consequences.” The Hill explains many devices are “easily hacked” because they “are produced by legacy companies that are … Continue reading

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Featured Link — DrugWatch

DrugWatch.com is an excellent site for checking recalls and warnings regarding medications and medical devices. Here is their mission statement: What We Do Drugwatch.com advocates for people to make a stand against prescription drugs that have harmful side effects and … Continue reading

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CDC Says Cancer Risk From Lumber Liquidators Flooring Higher Than First Thought

NBC Nightly News reported that the Centers for Disease Control warned on Monday “that people who have certain types of flooring in their homes from Lumber Liquidators are potentially at a greater risk of cancer than previous thought.” The CDC “says … Continue reading

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Retirees Worry Over Spiking Drug Costs, Says The Senior Citizens League

(Washington, DC) – Anxiety of older Americans over steep cost increases of prescription drugs is at the highest level since the start of Medicare Part D a decade ago, according to The Senior Citizens League (TSCL).  Since last fall, TSCL has been collecting … Continue reading

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GSK Executive Files Lawsuit Alleging Illegal Marketing of Smoking Cessation Drug

In continuing coverage, Bloomberg News reported that a former GlaxoSmithKline executive has filed a whistleblower lawsuit claiming “he was fired for pointing out flaws in studies used to tout the benefits of the drugmaker’s Nicoderm [nicotine] line of smoking-cessation products.” Alexandre Selmani … Continue reading

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Memos Released Detailing Pharmaceutical Companies’ Internal Documents on Price Hikes

The Washington Post reports in “Wonkblog” that Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) released two memos detailing key findings from over 250,000 pages of documents provided to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee by Turing Pharmaceuticals and another 75,000 by Valeant. According to … Continue reading

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