Robotic surgical equipment, now solely made in the United States by Intuitive surgical Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., has been a topic of controversy since its U.S Food and Drug Administration approval in 2000. Recently at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, seven nurses and doctors along
Within the last year, Massachusetts acute-care hospitals reported over 750 serious medical errors and patient injuries. This number is a 70 percent jump from previous years, causing concern for Hospital executives, as well as the patients and their families who were harmed by these errors.
Life-threatening infections have become all too common in hospitals, particularly after surgeries. Catastrophic infection can occur in such settings if proper precautions by hospitals and medical personnel are not taken. Recent research suggests that there is reason to be concerned about 3M’s Bair Hugger Patient
On October 10, an agreement with the Department of Public Health’s Board of Registration in Pharmacy was signed, stating that Ameridose and its distribution partner, Alanaus Pharmaceuticals, are voluntarily shutting down operations until October 22 to allow inspectors the access needed to conduct an investigation.
Within a few months after the Stryker hip replacement system was recalled, plaintiffs’ lawyers have filed the first lawsuits against the hip implants’ manufacturer, Howmedica Osteonics Corp. According to plaintiffs’ attorneys, the alleged problems with the Stryker Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II involve the stem
President Obama has presented Marietta S Robinson as his nominee as a commissioner with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If confirmed, Ms. Robinson would be in place as the fifth commissioner now leading the government agency. The CPSC oversees the quality and safety
Novartis Consumer Health, Inc. has announced a voluntarily recall, along with a temporary shutdown of its Nebraska production facility. The recall relates to the over-the-counter drugs Bufferin, Excedrin, Gas-X Prevention and NoDoz and results from reports of chipped and broken pills, as well as "inconsistent
In March, a simple tooth extraction procedure put 17-year-old Jennifer Olenicvk into cardiac arrest. Allegations against the oral surgeon, Dr. Domenick Colleti, and anesthesiologist, Dr. Krista Mechelle Issacs, are based upon alleged negligence in addressing an apparent anesthesia error once Jennifer’s heart rate started to
After the death of their two year old son, Daniel and Katy Moore of Ellensburg, Washington claim Very Berry Strawberry to be the culprit in River Moore’s liver failure. The infant showed symptoms of infection only 30 seconds after ingestion of the medicine, when he
Lately, scientists and doctors have become more suspicious of the stop-smoking drug, Chantix, due to its reported side effects. They have continuously urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to raise more awareness regarding the drug’s reported effect of increasing suicidal behavior and depression more
A Pittsburgh couple - Michael Yocabet and life partner, Christina Meccanic - has sued the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) regarding a transplant involving a Hepatitis C-infected kidney. After finding out that the two are a match, Yocabet and Meccanic decided to move ahead
On August 24th, 2010 DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. a Johnson & Johnson Company, recalled the ASRTM XL Acetabular System/DePuy ASRTM Hip Resurfacing System. This recall involves a hip replacement that first became available in July 2003. Therefore, if you received your hip replacement before July 2003,