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December 2014 Archives

Faulty Brakes Lawsuit Against Nissan Nearing An End

The class action suit against Nissan related to faulty brakes in its Armada, Titan and Infiniti QX56 models appears to be nearing its conclusion. The lawsuit alleged that a defective electrical component in these vehicles could affect the brakes, causing the brakes to fail unexpectedly and put drivers and passengers in significant danger.

Pharmacuetical Marketing Practices Draw Increased Scrutiny

When a doctor prescribes medication, we trust that he or she is doing so because it is in a patient's best interests. This is especially true if a narcotic or other potentially habit-forming medication is needed in the course of medical care. But what if the prescription was motivated by financial incentives for the doctor instead of the patient's well-being? Or, what if you knew that the pharmaceutical company had targeted doctors with a history of discipline or inappropriately prescribing medication to promote its products?

CPSC Attempts To Combat Dangerous Holiday Lights And Decorations

The holiday season is approaching, and with it an increasing number of holiday lights and decorations are in view. But did you know that behind these colorful displays hides the possibility of serious injury and death? Although injuries are down from their peak in the 1980s and 1990s - when approximately 48 people were injured and 13 people were killed in holiday lighting accidents each year - these products still pose a continued danger.

Proposed Legislation Intended to Help Generic Drug Makers Compete

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, says that deaths from drug overdoses - prescription painkillers - have "more than tripled since 1990," according to this policy impact report. In this context, prescription painkillers are a serious problem. But painkillers aren't the only dangerous drugs on the market. Birth control drugs, diabetes drugs, and cholesterol-lowering drugs are three types of potentially dangerous medications that also come to mind.

'Unprecedented' Improvement in Number of Medical Errors in U.S. Hospitals

Probably the biggest news in the last week on the healthcare front is the report out of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS officials say that medical errors in U.S. hospitals went down 17 percent from 2010 to 2013.

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