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Are Bed Rails for the Elderly a Safety Measure or Hazard?

Some frail elderly have a hard time getting in and out of bed. Others may thrash around in bed while awake or sleeping, putting themselves in danger of falling out of the bed. To help with mobility, and safety, and encourage independence, many nursing homes and residential caregivers rely on bed rails. When used or manufactured improperly, bed rails (also called side rails or safety rails) can pose a hazard. When this happens, nursing homes can be liable for medical …

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Posted 1 year ago in Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
Pfizer Settles Kidney Transplant Drug Case for $491 Million

Drug company Pfizer has agreed to pay $491 million rather than face criminal and civil trials over accusations that it illegally marketed the kidney-transplant drug Rapamune for other types of transplants for which the drug was not approved. The alleged misconduct involved Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which Pfizer bought in 2009, and came to light when two employees blew the whistle on the company’s practices in a lawsuit. Rapamune, which helps the body’s immune system acclimate to a transplanted organ, was approved …

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ALEC Helps Big Business Invade Local Lawmaking State By State

Click here to read more Lawyers.com coverage of ALEC and the organization’s anti-consumer agenda. The American Legislative Exchange Council kicks off its annual meeting today in Chicago, celebrating its 40th birthday. The organization is a network of conservative state legislators and some of the biggest corporate giants in the world that work together to influence local lawmaking and put the corporate agenda on the books state by state. Yet in spite of its wide reach, few citizens are even aware …

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Posted 1 year ago in Consumer Law by Betsy Kim  
How Amped Are Energy Drinks? [Infographic]

Highly caffeinated energy drinks are making some health professionals a bit tense and nervous — warning against the use of these products by athletes and children. (See our Lawyers.com video.) The City of San Francisco has even sued Monster Beverage Company, asserting its products are dangerous and aggressively marketed to children. Our infographic provides facts on energy drink caffeine content, statistics on the growing number of energy drink-related ER visits, and information on the dangers of too much caffeine. It …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Government by Michele Bowman  
Bausch & Lomb Subsidiary Busted for Bribes, Off-Label Marketing

A small drug company that was bought last year by Bausch & Lomb has pleaded guilty to bribing doctors to prescribe eye pain drug Xibrom for unapproved uses and will pay $33.5 million in fines to settle both a criminal and civil case against it.    Golf & Wine B&L subsidiary ISTA Pharmaceuticals on May 21 agreed to pay the fines to the Department of Justice and a whistleblower who helped the government nail ISTA for violating the federal Anti-Kickback …

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