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Why your electronic health care records aren’t making you safer

The odds are very high that you haven’t seen a physician with a paper chart in a very long time. Back in 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) pressured physicians and hospitals to adopt electronic health records. The idea was partially to move patient care into the digital age. […]

A federal jury finds Cook Medical IVC filters defective

If you have an intravenous filter in your body, you will likely find the latest lawsuit about defective devices of interest. A federal jury in Indianapolis, IN, has found the IVC filters Cook Medical makes to be defective and a danger to patients. About IVC filters An inferior vena cava, or IVC, filter is a […]

Could electronic medical records be killing patients?

When you visit your doctor’s office or you end up in the emergency room, do you want the doctor looking at you or a computer screen? Unfortunately, the question is irrelevant for most patients because the computer screen won out when the majority of hospitals and offices moved to electronic health records. They’re supposed to […]

Supreme Court extends rules on asbestos warnings

What happens when a company makes a product that is, in itself, asbestos-free — but requires a part made from asbestos in order to function? Well, in the past, the people using those products mostly had no idea that they were in danger from the asbestos fibers coming from the added parts. Those people were, […]

Retailer recalls makeup after testing finds asbestos

Many people think that asbestos is only found in older building materials like drywall and insulation. However, it’s been identified in everything from crayons to baby powder. It’s also been found in some makeup products — at least according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This month, the FDA issued a consumer warning […]

FDA medical device approval process leaves many questions

When a new drug is being prepared for distribution, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) puts it through a rigorous testing process. It’s so rigorous, in fact, that patients and doctors alike complain about how long it can take for a drug that’s widely available overseas to hit the market in the United States. The […]

Preventing mesothelioma: It’s harder than you know

Most people think that asbestos and asbestos exposure is a thing of the past — but that’s far from true. Asbestos products are still allowed in the United States under limited circumstances and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with plans that would allow asbestos to be used in even more new products. […]

EpiPens were failing — and nobody was listening to the patients

Patients with life-threatening allergies to peanuts, latex and other common substances often carry EpiPens for safety. EpiPens are supposed to deliver critical doses of epinephrine in an emergency so that a patient in the middle of an allergy attack could keep breathing. Unfortunately, sometime in 2013, some patients discovered problems with their devices. The EpiPens […]

The failure to refer: Is it medical malpractice?

Most family doctors are of the “general practitioner” variety. They’re competent when handling a wide array of disorders and diseases, especially managing the sort of illnesses that many people develop through the ordinary process of aging. But they aren’t specialists. Specialists have additional training in their fields and are generally better skilled at addressing the […]

January brings news of more medication recalls

For anybody taking prescription blood pressure medication these days, there’s more bad news regarding recalls. Now, valsartan medications made by Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc. are being voluntarily recalled. We recently discussed the massive recalls that have been troubling patients who rely on various forms of valsartan. Valsartan is a medication that belongs to a class […]

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