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October 2012 Archives

Hygiene lapses found at Massachusetts compounding pharmacy

At this point, nearly every Massachusetts resident has likely heard of the horrific meningitis outbreak that has resulted from a steroid produced at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. It is certain that a string of lawsuits for pharmaceutical malpractice will be filed against this company, since over 300 people in 17 states have contracted fungal meningitis or joint infections from the tainted shots, and 24 have died. It is expected that more victims will still be diagnosed with this rare form of fungal meningitis as over 17,600 vials of the pharmacy's compound were distributed to 76 clinics in 23 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Beverly man dies in motorcycle crash

This blog has reported on how even the most experienced and careful Massachusetts motorcycle riders are vulnerable to catastrophic injuries and sometimes even fatalities on the road. A 66-year-old man from Beverly is the latest victim. His motorcycle reportedly collided with a truck, and he was pronounced dead at Lawrence General Hospital following the tragic motorcycle accident.

Do electronic records increase pharmaceutical malpractice?

Although some Massachusetts residents probably believe that the nationwide conversion to electronic medical records should help to improve the quality of healthcare by making it less expensive and more efficient, a report has recently been released about a number of serious drawbacks to the switch. For example, pharmaceutical malpractice could result when some drug orders may be transferred from a hospital to a pharmacy using a different electronic application. This may result in a different drug or dose than the one that was originally ordered. In fact, the report cites an example of a mistaken electronic order for a dangerously high dose of a heart medicine that was caught just in time.

Are workplace injury accident victims prescribed too many drugs?

Injured workers in Massachusetts and elsewhere are often prescribed strong narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin to treat the pain that can accompany many injuries, such as back injury, neck injury and repetitive stress injuries. Now, a new study has revealed that many physicians who prescribe these types of powerful painkillers for work-related injury do not adhere to recommended patient monitoring guidelines. As a result, patients may use the drugs long term. Unfortunately, this can lead to addition.

Car accident on I-495 kills one man, injures another

This blog has reported a number of deaths and serious injuries from car crashes on the roads of Massachusetts. Tragically, there is another incident to add to that number. Recently, a car that was traveling northbound on I -495 apparently went out of control, hit the median and then struck a southbound car in a head on collision. The car accident occurred in Methuen, Massachusetts.

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