Drug makers’ role in rising pain killer addiction

January 2nd, 2013 | Drug injury

December 31, 2012 An epidemic of addiction to prescription pain killers that’s more widespread than cocaine or heroin addiction has left nearly two million people in its grip, according to the Washington Post. “It turns out that the doctors didn’t know what they were talking about,” said a woman, whose daughter, a home-care nurse, died… Read More

Gas fireplace inserts recalled

December 19th, 2012 | Defective product

December 19, 2012 Jotul North America has recently announced a voluntary recall on four different models of Jotul and Scan gas fireplace inserts, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. These inserts—which are designed to create “fireplace effects fueled by natural gas or liquid propane”—have been reported as hazardous. Measuring about 17 inches by… Read More

Ohio hospital to resume kidney transplants after mistake

December 17th, 2012 | Medical malpractice

December 17, 2012 On August 10 at the University of Toledo Medical Center, an operating nurse accidentally disposed of a viable kidney. The donated kidney apparently was put with medical waste instead of going to the intended recipient. The hospital voluntarily halted live kidney transplants after the incident. The Ohio hospital will resume live kidney… Read More

Workers’ compensation costs reduced by Parma school district

December 12th, 2012 | Workers compensation

December 12, 2012 In these troubled financial times, Parma, a large suburb outside of Cleveland, Ohio, is finding ways to reduce the school district’s budget, and one of the cuts is to the workers’ compensation program, reports the Plain Dealer. Five years ago the district spent more than $1.6 million on workers’ compensation premiums. Now it… Read More

Lawsuit against Nap Nanny maker filed by Feds

December 10th, 2012 | Defective product

December 10, 2012 Last Wednesday, federal regulators sued the maker of Nap Nanny because the company would not agree to a recall, reports USA Today. Because five infants died using the product, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) had already demanded a recall. CPSC says that Baby Matters, the maker of Nap Nanny, should notify the… Read More