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February 2013 Archives

Girl Receives $63M Jury Award For Necrosis Caused By Motrin

In 2003, a girl's parents gave her ibuprofen to help battle a fever. The medication, manufactured by Motrin, caused a life-threatening side effect known as toxic epidermal necrosis (TEN). The reaction caused the 7-year-old to suffer brain damage and irreparable damage to her respiratory system. Unfortunately, that wasn't all that happened: TEN caused her to lose more than 90 percent of her skin and go blind.

Potential Law Change Could Benefit Those Harmed By Generic Drugs

Current rules greatly restrict an injured consumer's right to recover damages when a generic drug causes injury. Federal law requires generic drug labels to match the warnings of the name-brand drug, even if the generic manufacturer believes the label fails to sufficiently warn consumers about a risk.

Blaming The Medical Malpractice Victim, Part 2

This week, the official journal of the American College of Chest Physicians published an article that takes a different perspective on medical malpractice. Instead of complaining of the unfair hassles that plague doctors after a dangerous mistake, this article effectively debunked common myths about medical malpractice. Two of these myths are particularly relevant.

Blaming The Medical Malpractice Victim, Part 1

In the last few weeks, a number of publications have focused stories on the unpleasant experience of a medical malpractice lawsuit from the perspective of the physician. These articles sprang out of a recent study that looked at how much of a physician's career is spent "fighting" medical malpractice claims.