Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Hospitals Are Profiting From Their Mistakes at Our Expense

In no other business that I know of, can you turn a profit when you sell a defective product or service. If the television set you purchased at your local electronics store doesn’t work when you get home, you take it back to the store and get a refund or exchange. When the mechanic doesn’t repair the brakes on your car properly, you don’t pay him until they’re fixed. If the bread you buy at the grocery store is moldy you take it back and get fresh loaf.

Back what if you can’t take it back? What if there are no exchanges? Suppose you go to the hospital and they cut off the wrong limb or operate on the wrong body part. You can’t take that back. You can’t get an exchange. What if not only did the hospital provided inferior care but charged you for it as well? It happens all the time at hospitals all over the United States.

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Yamaha Rhino ATV Rollover Safety Alert

According to The Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been 555 ATV fatalities in 2006. Of those 555 deaths, 111 were in children under the age of sixteen. In the same year, there were 146,000 reported injuries of which just under 40,000 were children under sixteen. The CPSC estimates that these figures are low, as they expect to receive additional ATV accident reports.

The Yamaha Rhino was introduced in 2003 and despite the growing number of Yamaha Rhino ATV rollover accidents, Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA refuses to issue a recall. Even though there have been reports hundreds of injuries and even deaths, there has still yet to be a recall on this vehicle. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that there’s something wrong with those numbers.

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TO GIVE OR NOT TO GIVE

The Big Give is a new show created by Oprah Winfrey. The purpose of the show, I believe is to raise awareness about giving. Oprah chose several people from around the world to compete in this new reality show that awards the winner a surprising $1,000,000. The Big Give came to Denver, CO on yesterday’s episode. It was thankfully a definite upgrade from last Sunday’s show with a few exceptions.

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Got Milk? Monsanto’s Milk is a Murky rBGH Mess.

Monsanto doesn’t want us to know what’s in the milk we’re drinking. Monsanto is fighting to ban labels that claim milk is rBGH free, claiming there is no way to verify the claim is true and there is no difference in milk from cows treated with rBGH and cows that are not treated. Thus they claim, the labels are misleading.

Having recently signed up for a home delivery service which provides rBGH free milk, I thought I’d do a little research into the growth hormone and antibiotic issue. I almost wish I hadn’t. They’re not kidding when they say “Ignorance is Bliss.”

So, what’s the big deal about rBGH?

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Baxter Recall Expands to Include All Heparin Products

Baxter initially recalled nine lots of heparin sodium injection multi-dose vials on January 17, 2008 as a precautionary measure. Since then there have been 400 reports of adverse reactions, some life-threatening and 4 deaths. 4 deaths that didn’t have to happen.

Baxter and the FDA claimed that removing additional lots and doses of Baxter’s heparin from the market earlier would have created a shortage of heparin and therefore more risk to patients requiring heparin therapy than the increased potential for experiencing an adverse reaction. 400 reports of adverse reactions and 4 deaths sounds more of a risk to me.

According to the Baxter Heparin recall notice, adverse reactions have included abdominal pain, decreased blood pressure, burning sensation, chest pain, diarrhea, dizziness, drug ineffectiveness, dyspepsia, dyspnea, erythema, flushing, headache, hyperhidrosis, hypoesthesia, hypotension, lacrimation increased, loss of consciousness, malaise, nausea, pallor, palpitations, paresthesia, paresthesia (oral), pharyngeal edema, restlessness, vomiting/retching, stomach discomfort, tachycardia, thirst, trismus, and unresponsiveness to stimuli. 400 reports of these adverse reactions and 4 deaths.

The FDA has completed the inspection of the Chinese plant that provides the active ingredient in Baxter’s heparin, but has not determined the cause of the problem. China’s drug safety agency, claims that it enforces strict controls on chemicals used in pharmaceuticals but importing countries are ultimately responsible for ensuring product safety. 400 adverse reactions and 4 deaths since January 17, 2008 because it’s not China’s responsibility to ensure the safety of product manufactured in their country.

China has dozens of heparin manufacturers. Some are classified as pharmaceutical companies and subject to inspections and some companies are not. The Chinese food and drug agency apparently did not inspect the factory because it was registered as a chemicals manufacturer, not as a pharmaceuticals company. How was a company who was obviously producing an active ingredient to a pharmaceutical drug able to register as a chemical manufacturer instead of a pharmaceutical manufacturer and therefore able to bypass inspections? And not be held accountable for 400 adverse reactions and 4 deaths?

The U.S. FDA acknowledged that it never inspected Changzhou SPL, the Chinese manufacturer, contrary to its own regulations, because of what it says was a mix-up with names. It only took 400 adverse reactions and 4 deaths to get that figured out?

On February 28, 2008, 400 adverse reactions and 4 deaths later, Baxter has finally recalled the remaining lots of heparin.

A Friend in Need of a Kidney Transplant

Imagine the hope and excitement of graduating from high school and looking forward to the next, both exhilarating and terrifying chapter of your life as you head for college to pursue career of your dreams.

Imagine the devastation as you learn you have a serious disorder that will put those dreams on hold and in fact threatens your very life.
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FDA Ignores Congress and Lets Drug Companies Off the Hook

At Bachus & Schanker, LLC we believe your involvement can make a difference!

Just when we thought the FDA is looking out for America’s best interests…read the following news from Linda Lipsen, Vice President, Public Affairs, American Association for Justice (Formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
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American Association for Justice Exposes Pharmaceutical Industry Study

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) recently released a statement exposing a current study by drug companies that was done to discredit personal injury attorneys. AAJ stated that the study was faulty and poorly researched by basing their facts entirely on Google searches. AAJ represents lawyers who have the interest of injured individuals at hand and continues to lead their Fight for Justice Campaign which fights “studies” like these by making sure people are receiving both accurate and useful information from journalists.
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