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November 2012 Archives

Device Manufacturer Cautioned By FDA For Meningitis Advertising

The effects of the fungal meningitis outbreak extend across the entire medical industry. One area the contaminated steroid injections have influenced is the treatment of meningitis. As hundreds of victims suffer through the deadly illness, the victims and their families look for treatments and cures.

Steroid Outbreak Worsens; Non-Meningitis Infections Now Emerging

The contaminated steroid epidemic that has infected at least 478 people with fungal meningitis has gotten worse than previously thought: New, non-meningitis infections tied to the tainted steroids are surfacing across the country.

Study: Post-Surgical Mistakes Alarmingly Common

A recent study revealed that post-operative mistakes are disturbingly common.  U.K. researchers examined 659 days of post-surgical care and found 256 mistakes. Even more troubling, these errors caused harm to the patient most of the time (51 percent). The ground-breaking study was published in the Annals of Surgery.

Study: 96 Percent Of Children In ICUs Given Off-Label Drugs

Nearly all children who admitted to a hospital intensive care unit (ICU) receive off-label medication. "Off label" is a term used to describe drugs that aren't approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of a particular condition. While it's legal for doctors to administer off-label uses of drugs, it comes with heightened risk since the FDA hasn't declared the medication safe for the particular purpose.