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Johnson & Johnson Reverses $72 Million Talcum Powder Verdict

Earlier this month, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson celebrated after obtaining a Missouri Court of Appeals reversed a $72 million verdict against the company. This is a huge win for a company that currently has thousands of lawsuits pending throughout the country over its talc-based products. The women and families of deceased women bringing these lawsuits allege Johnson & Johnson knew its talcum powder had a risk of causing ovarian cancer and, despite that knowledge, failed to warn its consumers of that risk. In the St. Louis area alone, there have been four jury verdicts totaling $307 million. Johnson & Johnson is in the process of appealing the other three as well.

A New Approach to Medical Malpractice

When someone is severely or fatally harmed due to medical errors the first concern should always be about the patient and their families. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case as many hospitals immediately engage in the "deny and defend" model. This approach just makes the experience that much more difficult for the victims of medical errors to find out what happened. In fact, most patients never learn that they have been injured due to a medical error. This is corroborated by a recent study that found that 77 percent of 300 primary-care doctors admitted they would not fully disclose to a patient when there had been a delayed breast cancer diagnosis.

The importance of warning labels on prescription medications

Invokana belongs to a relatively new class of type 2 diabetes drugs called SGLT-2 inhibitors, which helps remove excess blood sugar through urine. The FDA just recently required Invokana to include a warning about a high risk of foot and leg amputations in diabetic patients. This change in the required warning is the result of two clinical trials that concluded that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients with type 2 diabetes treated with Invokana, which puts a great many diabetic patients using Invokana at risk.

Don't Believe the Myth: Malpractice Rates Are Not Going Up

"The high costs of healthcare and malpractice premiums are a result of frivolous lawsuits filed against us." This is a common refrain from the Ohio State Medical Association and Ohio Hospital Association, but this notion is essentially nonsense. Over the last 25 years, claims paid out from medical malpractice lawsuits have declined by over half. This is a direct result of the "tort reform" effort that has rendered it extremely difficult to justify bringing a medical claim against a doctor, especially if the injured patient has not suffered a permanent, disabling, and/or catastrophic injury. Despite consistently limiting a patient's access to justice in the courts his or her injuries, the health insurance industry continues to point the finger at lawsuits as being the problem.

Preventable hospital errors occur all too frequently

Everyone gets sick. Unfortunately, illness is an unavoidable fact of life. That's what doctors are for. When sickness or injury occurs, you have no choice but to trust in the education, experience and expertise of medical professionals, no matter the expense.

Medical device recalls: are you at risk?

Undergoing surgery for the implantation of a medical device is frightening, no matter how much the doctors and surgeons have assured that you will be safe. Coming through surgery with no harmful side effects or additional damage is a relief, but those feelings of worry and concern can come back if you learn that the device implanted in your body is under recall.

Problems with Pap Smears are Leading to Missed Cervical Cancer Diagnoses

There has been a significant amount of progress made in the area of cervical cancer. Screening processes such as pap smears along with the HPV vaccine have contributed to a sharp decline in the morbidity and mortality of a disease that used to cause major problems for women everywhere. Unfortunately, the screening process related to cervical cancer may not be as effective as people once thought.

Bad medicine: who is responsible for medical mistakes?

Most individuals may lack any significant medical knowledge outside of information learned from watching television or searching the internet. For that reason, you may have 100 percent trust in the many medical professionals in your lives, and count on them to take care of your health issues to the best of their abilities.

Defending your parent from nursing home abuse

If you're an adult child of an aging parent, you may have already dealt with various urgent situations regarding your mother's or father's physical or mental health. Like most adult children in Ohio, you likely do whatever you can to provide the care your parent needs for as high quality of life as possible in his or her Golden Years. You may have even spent hours extensively researching nursing homes throughout the state before choosing one that best aligned with your parent's immediate and long-term needs.

Could your child's cerebral palsy be from medical malpractice?

During pregnancy, you were probably like most Ohio parents in that you expected to take home a happy and healthy baby. Somewhere along the way, however, you began to notice that something just was not right, and your pediatrician diagnosed your child with cerebral palsy.

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