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Prescription Blood Pressure Medicine May Cause Cancer
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Prescription Blood Pressure Medicine May Cause Cancer

Have you been diagnosed with cancer after taking Valsartan? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall on certain drugs containing valsartan, a medication commonly used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. The recall was initiated after investigators determined that valsartan-containing products posed an unnecessary risk to patients, as it has been linked to an increased occurrence of cancer. The Lawrence Firm is currently investigating

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Experienced Firm Representing Taxotere Victims
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Experienced Firm Representing Taxotere Victims

Survivors and women battling breast cancer often cope with the damaging effects of chemotherapy medications. While most chemotherapy side effects go away after the treatment is finished, many patients who were prescribed the chemotherapy drug Taxotere were devastated to discover that the drug caused permanent baldness, or alopecia. Despite knowledge of the potential for alopecia, Taxotere’s manufacturer failed to warn patients and doctors of the risks. At The Lawrence Firm,

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Never Events
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What are ‘Never Events’? Why they should NEVER occur

When you raise kids, you have “rules,” and then you have “RULES.” I know that when my kids were little, we made them share, pick up their toys, eat what was on their plate, etc., and if they failed to do it, we would give them a gentle reminder. Occasionally, though, they would do something really bad–like try to escape from us in a parking lot and they would get

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Don’t let time expire on your medication error claim
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Don’t let time expire on your medication error claim

Everyone procrastinates to one degree or another. For most people, it involves minor things such as putting off raking leaves or washing the car or visiting an optometrist. Sometimes procrastination can have serious consequences, however, as a professor of pharmacy law and policy at the University of Kentucky recently made clear. Dr. Joseph L. Fink III wrote in a recent issue of Pharmacy Times that if a person who has

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How to prevent medical malpractice
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How to prevent medical malpractice?

We hope and expect that at each hospital in the Covington and Cincinnati area, there are regular conversations about how to prevent medical malpractice. As we all know, medical negligence by doctors, nurses, and hospitals leads to an unknown number of deaths each year in our nation. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association said physician and hospital negligence is the third leading cause of death

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Children’s dentist running “house of horrors”
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Children’s dentist running “house of horrors”?

Regular readers of our Kentucky medical malpractice blog might recall a case from a couple of years ago in which a woman south of Covington sued her dentist after he apparently dropped a small screwdriver down her throat. She later had to have the tool used on her implants surgically removed, Kentucky.com reported. We have lately read news of a Florida children’s dentist who is being accused by multiple patients

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Intravenous medication labeling changes may reduce risk of errors
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Intravenous medication labeling changes may reduce risk of errors

There are several factors that come together to determine the care that a Kentucky patient receives in the hospital. Some people might automatically think about the nurse’s skills and the doctor’s training when they think of care factors. Those, however, aren’t the only factors that affect patient care. One factor that can greatly impact that care is drug labeling. When a patient is in need of medication via an intravenous

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Incorrect prescription method can lead to medication errors
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Incorrect prescription method can lead to medication errors

Making sure that medications are taken properly is the duty of people who dispense medications, such as nurses and doctors in hospitals and nursing homes. One thing that has to be considered is the best method for a patient to take the medication. In some cases, the choices are whether to swallow a pill whole or to cut it or crush it to make it easier to take. There are

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Medication error leads to death, wrongful death lawsuit filed
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Medication error leads to death, wrongful death lawsuit filed

When many people think of medication errors, they likely think of medication interactions or allergies. For some people, however, medical conditions are what dictates what they can safely take. In some cases, even common over-the-counter medications can prove deadly. Such was the case for one man who was arrested in Carter County. According to a wrongful death lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court, the 46-year-old male inmate was arrested

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Anesthesia errors can be life altering for Kentucky residents
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Anesthesia errors can be life altering for Kentucky residents

Going into a hospital or surgical center for surgery or any procedure that involves having to go under anesthesia is something that requires putting a lot of trust in the person administering the anesthesia. While most procedures and surgeries will happen without any issues, there is always a chance that an error will be made. Those errors can be very serious. The complications from under-administering, over-administering or incorrectly administering anesthesia

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Communication vital to prevent medication error after transfer
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Communication vital to prevent medication error after transfer

Patients who are in skilled nursing facilities expect to be cared for properly. One of the aspects of patient care that must be executed properly is the administration of medications. Almost every skilled nursing facility or nursing home can benefit from learning ways that medication errors can be prevented. Kentucky residents might like to know about some of the medication errors that could happen when a patient is transferred from

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Medication dispensing system might reduce medication errors
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Medication dispensing system might reduce medication errors

Many people who are admitted into the hospital assume that the medical professionals assigned to their care can provide the necessary care to help them overcome their condition. While this is what happens in most cases, there are other cases in which the medical staff doesn’t provide the necessary care due to medical negligence or other errors. For patients who are admitted into Kentucky’s King’s Daughters Medical Center’s intensive care

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