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    FDA Rule Change Could Hold Generic Drug Manufacturers Liable

    By Michael Barasch

    In 2004, Nancy Bartlett, a secretary for a New Hampshire insurance company visited her doctor complaining of shoulder pain and was prescribed the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug Clinoril. Ms. Bartlett received the generic version, sulindac, from her pharmacist. Shortly after, Ms. Bartlett suffered Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a severe drug reaction that caused two-thirds of her skin to […]

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  • Medical MalpracticePersonal Injury

    Weight Loss Can Be Risky Business

    By Michael Barasch

    The shrinking profiles of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan have brought a renewed focus on weight-loss surgery as a solution for those dealing with the physiological and aesthetic issues of obesity. But as a recent article in the New York Post notes, the surgery itself is not without […]

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  • Medical Malpractice

    Medical Mistakes Boost Hospital Profits

    By Michael Barasch

    It’s a sad fact of medical economics that healthcare providers actually profit when their mistakes result in longer hospital stays and extra patient procedures. That’s the conclusion of a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and outlined in a recent New York Times article. While no one is suggesting that […]

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  • Medical MalpracticePersonal Injury

    Patient Rights Suffer Setback With Failure of Lavern’s Law

    By Michael Barasch

    The recent failure in Albany of a measure known as “Lavern’s Law” means that New York remains one of only six states without a “date of discovery rule” for medical malpractice claims. This means: Malpractice victims have just 2 ½ years from the date harm actually occurred to sue if it occurred in a private […]

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    Risks Associated with Robotic Surgery

    By Michael Barasch

    Years ago, it seemed like science fiction — using robots to perform surgery. Now robot surgery has become a reality. Yet just how safe is it? According to Bloomberg News’ recent review of informal incident reports sent to U.S. regulators, since 2009 at least 70 deaths have been linked to robot systems made by Intuitive […]

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