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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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Posted 2 years ago in Frauds & Scams by Michele Bowman  
Fake Cancer-Cure Doc Gets 14 Years for Fraud

An evangelical preacher-turned-doctor has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for luring patients with cancer and other serious diseases into expensive treatments with her “herbal remedy” that in fact contained things like beef flavoring and sunscreen.   Victims Sacrificed Real Treatment A federal judge in California on May 17 sentenced Christine Daniel, 58, to 14 years in prison and required her to repay over $1.2 million that she bilked from unsuspecting cancer sufferers and their families. Daniel was reportedly …

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Posted 2 years ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Abbott Labs Ordered to Pay $2.2M for Risky Arthritis Drug

A jury has ordered the maker of the popular arthritis drug Humira to pay $2.24 million for not warning doctors about a life-threatening side effect. Delores Tietz, of Manda, N.D., was prescribed Humira for rheumatoid arthritis in October 2009 and took it for almost seven months before feeling flu-like symptoms including chest pains and fever. Her symptoms were not treated for weeks until doctors finally diagnosed her illness as histoplasmosis, a severe fungal infection that can be fatal if untreated. …

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Patient Paralyzed by Toxic MRI Dye Awarded $5 Million

A patient who was given a shot of a contrast dye that left him unable to move won a $5 million verdict against GE Healthcare, the maker of the dye. Paul Decker, a retired Ohio man suffering from kidney disease, was given a single dose of Omniscan, a contrast agent administered before body scans like MRIs to help technicians and doctors read the scans more clearly. Decker developed a condition called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis after the 2005 scan. NSF is …

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