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Serious injuries caused by defective drugs

Defective drugs are a problem that still happen today even with technology and regulations set forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If you have taken a drug that has since been labeled defective by the FDA you need to stop taking it immediately and safely dispose of it. Here are some serious injuries caused by defective drugs.

One of the most common injuries caused by a defective drug is when it is mixed with another drug. This is an innocent instance when a patient takes all of one's prescribed medicine at the same time. Researchers might not have known about an issue until a patient became sick when mixing drugs. This can be very dangerous and sometimes even deadly.

What are some concerns with product liability cases?

Product liability cases are the result of defective medical devices that either injure or cause illness to patients. Defective medical devices are more common than people think. A patient's condition can become a million times worse if affected by a defective medical device. So, what are some concerns with product liability cases in Kingsport?

If you've been injured by a defective medical device, you will want to ensure that a claim is filed as soon as possible. The biggest concern here is that you will miss the statute of limitations. Since injuries caused by defective medical devices might not show right away, you typically have a little bit more time to file a lawsuit compared to other types of issues.

How to manage asbestosis

Being diagnosed with asbestosis can be very difficult for you to comprehend. Being told by your doctor that you have a serious lung condition that could ultimately kill you is not something you think will happen. But, if you've worked in an industry known for asbestos (shipbuilding and construction), the likelihood that you'll develop asbestosis is much higher than if you didn't work in such an industry.

If the news of being diagnosed with asbestosis isn't bad enough, there currently is no cure for this illness. Because there's a lack of a cure, doctors can only help patients deal with the symptoms and any associated pain. Some of the treatment options available can help reduce the symptoms but the patient will need to remain on the treatment for the rest of their life.

How to know if your medical device is defective

Your medical device, whether a hip replacement or IUD, should help you, not harm you. Yet every year, the number of major adverse complications from medical devices continues to rise, notes The Expert Institute. These consequences include hospitalization, disability and death.

You may think that with such serious side effects, it would be easy to know if your medical device is defective or a health risk. However, the bad news is that signs of damage do not always present themselves right away. Be aware of how to recognize an unsafe device so you can know when you need to seek medical attention and take legal action.

Common surgical errors that can lead to medical malpractice

Medical malpractice is an issue that is all too common these days. Even with today's technology, doctors and nurses can still find themselves at the forefront of medical malpractice cases. One of the most common ways this happens is due to a surgical error. Today, we will discuss the most common types of surgical errors that can lead to medical malpractice cases.

Quite possibly one of the most common types of surgical errors is that of a foreign object being left in the body. Too many times, a surgeon will close up a patient only to have the patient get incredibly ill. The reason the patient has become ill is due to an item from the surgery being left in the body. Some items include cloths, tools and even a loose piece of the body that was removed.

Tennessee truck driver grounded for lack of license

A truck driver licensed in Tennessee has been ordered to stop driving by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA shut the driver down from driving after he continued to operate his truck after a trailer came disconnected from it, causing the death of another driver.

The incident in question occurred on Aug. 3 on Tennessee State Route 305. When the trailer on the truck disconnected, it crossed the center of the highway and hit another truck. The truck that was hit veered off the road and into a ditch. It then went up an embankment before it overturned. The truck driver in the overturned vehicle died on the scene, according to authorities.

How can I safely dispose of my unused medicines?

It's highly likely that at some point during your lifetime you will need to take some sort of medication. Whether the medication is over-the-counter or prescribed by a doctor, you still need to know how to dispose of unused medication. We will provide you with some very important tips for disposing of your unused medications in today's post.

If you need to dispose of unused medication and there is no law enforcement "drug take-back day" scheduled or there are no other authorized collection sites in your area, you can throw the unused medications in the trash. In order to do this you must follow the following steps:

  1. Be sure to mix the medications with either dirt, cat litter or coffee grounds. Do not crush the pills.
  2. Place this mixture of medication and substance in a sealable bag or container so it does not leak.
  3. You can toss the container with the medication in the trash.
  4. Before you throw your empty medication containers in the trash you should rip off the label or black out any identifying information about you.

Signs your pacemaker is not working properly

Having a pacemaker inserted into your chest cavity is a very stressful time in life. It can happen to just about anyone no matter their age or level of health. It is scary because it means the device is needed to maintain the way your heart pumps. It's quite possible that the pacemaker can fail, even if it is a newer model recently inserted. Here are some signs to be on the lookout for regarding your pacemaker.

Some of the most common warnings signs that your pacemaker might be failing include the following:

  • Frequent hiccups that are difficult to control
  • Fast or slow heart rate. Also a combination of both
  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle twitching in abdomen or chest on a fairly constant basis
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Fainting

Explaining the warning signs of asbestosis

Asbestos was a material used in many different industries decades ago. Even though it is no longer used in construction, it can still be found in older buildings and homes. Asbestos was also used in the shipbuilding industry among others. If you worked in an industry with asbestos, here are the warning signs that you might have asbestosis.

If you have been exposed to asbestos, it typically takes anywhere from 10 to 40 years for the effects to show. Because of this, many people who suffer from asbestosis or lung cancer will have trouble treating these diseases since they are in such advanced stages.

This little red pill is harming nursing home residents

Nursing home residents are facing aggressive treatment with dangerous effects. According to a CNN investigation, a drug called Nuedexta is inappropriately prescribed to elderly patients. This pharmaceutical drug is unsafe and unnecessary in many cases.

So what is Nuedexta meant to treat? Why is it potentially harmful? Read below for more information about this over-prescribed little red pill. 

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