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Prescribing Drugs to Addicted Patients Lands Doctor in Jail for Second-Degree Murder

/ / Blog, Medical Malpractice, Negligence, Over Prescription, Product Liability, Substance Abuse

Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng of Los Angeles was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for a second-degree murder conviction. According to an article published by the Associated Press, the Drug Enforcement Administration says Tseng wrote more than 27,000 [painkiller] prescriptions over a three-year period starting in January 2007 – an average of 25 … Continued

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Duodenoscope linked to life-threatening infections

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The US Senate is currently investigating the circumstances which caused 25 patients to contract life-threatening infections linked to a device known as the duodenoscope. The duodenoscope is used in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), a procedure during which doctors thread the flexible scope down a patient’s throat into the digestive tract to diagnose and treat cancers, … Continued

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Codeine kills kids. FDA wants more restrictions.

/ / Blog, Over Prescription, Product Liability, Substance Abuse

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking steps to restrict access to cough and pain medications containing codeine for children, as it puts them at risk. Though it is rare, codeine can cause children to stop breathing and die, especially when the liver quickly converts codeine to morphine. The FDA has warned the public … Continued

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Staggering Number of Emergency Room Visits Result of Dietary Supplements

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Dietary supplements, according to the CDC, do not need to demonstrate benefits before going on the market. On the contrary, pharmaceuticals must prove that they work and that they are safe for consumption. Interestingly enough, between 2004 and 2013, more than 23,000 visits at 63 emergency rooms were a result of adverse reactions (irregular heartbeat, … Continued

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