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LV Attorneys and Clients Featured in Recent 10TV Piece

Earlier this week, 10TV reporter Bennett Haeberle and the 10 Investigates Team published "Deadly Dosage: The Doctor Husel Chronicles," which provides a fantastic overview of what we know about the Mount Carmel cases thus far. The videos feature LV attorneys Gerry Leeseberg and Craig Tuttle, as well as several of our clients.

Mount Carmel Releases Investigation Timeline, Identifies Another Victim

Mount Carmel recently released an "investigation timeline" purportedly detailing what they have learned about Dr. William Husel's role in prescribing excessive and potentially fatal doses of Fentanyl.

Did Dr. Husel Improperly Declare Patients Brain Dead?

Yesterday, Leeseberg & Valentine put out a press release advising local media that it appears Dr. Husel failed to follow guidelines for determining when a patient is "brain dead". Attorney Gerald Leeseberg stated, based on guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology for determining brain death, it appears that "virtually none ... were complied with, completed and/or documented by Dr. Husel before advising family members that their loved ones were 'brain dead.'"

What is in Mount Carmel's "Plan of Correction"?

We recently obtained a copy of Mount Carmel's "Plan of Correction," which details, among other things, the following information:

Mount Carmel Identifies 7 More Victims, Bringing Total to 34

Yesterday, Mount Carmel announced it has identified seven more patients who recevied potentially lethal doses of fentanyl at the hands of Dr. William Husel. It announced one of these new victims likely recevied a fatal doasge. The other six, however, received amounts that went "beyond providing comfort," but likely did not cause the patients' deaths.

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.

Medication errors: There is often enough liability to go around

Did you know that a division of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does nothing but review reports regarding adverse events involving prescription, over-the-counter, and generic drugs? The Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis (DMEPA) works with other agencies and organizations in an attempt to ensure the safety of patients here in Ohio and elsewhere when it comes to medications. Health care professionals with DMEPA and the other organizations review reports of adverse events to determine what happened and compile the data so that recommendations can be made regarding how to avoid the same mistakes in the future. Despite their efforts, people continue to be seriously or fatally harmed.

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