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Presence Of Rust Raises Sterility Concerns And Leads To Another Compounding Pharmacy Recall

By Kevin Duffan, VA/NC Medical Malpractice Attorney

The Food and Drug Administration has announced yet another recall by a compounding pharmacy, this time one based in St. Petersburg, Florida. The FDA has been on a tear recently, recalling products from multiple compounding pharmacies across the country in only the last several weeks. The streak of recalls is the result of a recent enforcement push by the agency to crack down on compounding pharmacies that have existed for farr too long under lax state regulation.

The most recent recall involves the Compounding Shop which has agreed to recall all of its sterile drugs after a recent inspection by federal regulators revealed troubling problems with the safety of its drugs. Inspectors say they discovered “exposed rust” on equipment used to manufacture the supposedly sterile products. Beyond that, FDA officials say the report documents instances of “splattered brownish stains” on other surfaces in the area facility, where the medications were mixed.

The presence of the contaminations raised concerns in the FDA that the drugs might the eu dangerous to consumers. Specifically, the FDA said that there were concerns about the safety of some injectable drugs and eye medications created by the Compounding Shop. The FDA’s Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research was quoted, nor saying that if injectable drugs that are meant to be sterile are found to be contaminated, it could result in a life-threatening infection for unsuspecting patients. Though no reports of sick I patients have been connected to the Compounding Shop, the inspectors say a lack of sterility assurance is enough to justify a total recall of all their products.

The recall comes on the heels of a recent announcement by the national board of pharmacies which said the group would support efforts by Congress to allow the FDA to have increased power over compounding pharmacies. Until recently, the specialty companies were governed by state pharmacy boards and not often subjected to the different regulations ts o by the FDA. In the wake of the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak lawmakers have proposed doing away with this more relaxed arrangement and granting the FDA increased powers.

Nor experienced Virginia dangerous drug attorneys, my colleagues and I have helped clients through many cases like this one. Sadly, thousands of people experience the pain of taking a medication prescribed by their doctor only to have it cause serious health problems later on. This happens the lighthouse too often and the side effects can last a lifetime. Attorneys with our Virginia personal injury law firm have helped many victims of dangerous and defective drugs recover damages from companies whose negligence or disregard for consumer safety led to injuries.

If you or a family member has been injured by a defective or dangerous drug, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options by reading this article. The report, drafted by our experienced Virginia injury attorneys, provides examples of various kinds of dangerous drug lawsuits, common legal theories used in such cases and an explanation of how dangerous drug cases are investigated.

If you’ve been injured due to a dangerous or defective drug, you likely have a lot of questions about how to move forward. Take a look at our firm’s library containing attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding defective or dangerous drugs.

Here’s a video where our attorneys discuss why medical malpractice claims are often difficult to settle:

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Contact us at: Westlake Legal Group Your Northern Virginia Full Service Law Firm. Call (703) 406-7616 or click here for our website: http://westlakelegal.com/

FDA Announces Recall At Yet Another Compounding Pharmacy Due To Worries About Drug Sterility

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, VA/NC Med Mal Attorney

What Happened:

A Florida compounding pharmacy just announced that it would recall its entire line of sterile products after an inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raised concerns about the safety of its products.

The latest recall is one in a string of moves by compounding pharmacies to recall products after fears were raised about the sterilization processes at a wide array of facilities. The latest recall includes all the injectables produced under the Balanced Solutions Compounding Pharmacy name, a total of 53 separate products.

The company has said its products were sent to doctor’s offices across the country and that the company will now be recalling all not expired items due to concerns that they may not be sterile. The FDA has announced that during an inspection of the Balanced Solutions plant investigators witnessed poor practices and conditions which could have exposed medications to contamination.

The FDA said the inspection raised concerns about a lack of sterility assurance. A later test of one of Balanced Solutions’ products confirmed the presence of bacteria. Patients who have received drug injections produced by Balanced Solutions are being asked to contact their healthcare providers.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

The latest problems with Balanced Solutions comes soon after recalls by three other compounding pharmacies across the country. The other compounding pharmacies issued the recalls after FDA inspections raised doubts about sterilization practices. The FDA has turned up the heat on compounding pharmacies across the country in the wake of the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak caused by unsanitary conditions at the New England Compounding Center. That episode left more than 50 people dead and more than 700 seriously injured.

As experienced Virginia dangerous drug attorneys, my colleagues and I have helped clients through many cases like this one. Sadly, thousands of people experience the pain of taking a medication prescribed by their doctor only to have it cause serious health problems later on. This happens far too often and the side effects can last a lifetime.

Potentially Helpful Info: 

Attorneys with our Virginia personal injury law firm have helped many victims of dangerous and defective drugs recover damages from companies whose negligence or disregard for consumer safety led to injuries.

If you or a family member has been injured by a defective or dangerous drug, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options by reading this article. The report, drafted by our experienced Virginia injury attorneys, provides examples of various kinds of dangerous drug lawsuits, common legal theories used in such cases and an explanation of how dangerous drug cases are investigated.

Have Questions? Check Out Our FAQs

If you’ve been injured due to a dangerous or defective drug, you likely have a lot of questions about how to move forward. Take a look at our firm’s library containing attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding defective or dangerous drugs.

Here’s a video discussing the settlement process in medical malpractice cases:

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.

Contact us at: Westlake Legal Group Your Northern Virginia Full Service Law Firm. Call (703) 406-7616 or click here for our website: http://westlakelegal.com/

Family Of Girl With Cerebral Palsy Wins $130 Million Verdict Against Hospital

By Kevin Duffan, VA/NC Medical Malpractice Attorney

What Happened:

A major medical malpractice case in New York recently culminated with a $130 million jury award. The family from Long Island sued after they claimed their daughter’s delivery at a Long Island hospital resulted in her later developing cerebral palsy.

The jury that deliberated on the case found that the hospital, St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, departed from accepted obstetrical practice in several important ways, ways that the jury found ultimately caused harm to the baby. These alterations from standard operating procedures resulted in a loss of oxygen to the young girl, Shannon Reilly.

Attorneys for the family now say that Shannon is unable to walk, speak, write or swallow without assistance from others. The girl required round-the-clock care for her serious injuries. The jury saw the severity of her injuries as justification for the massive award, one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in New York history.

Despite the good news for the family, it was a very long road to this point. The case actually heated up in 2009 when the family’s attorney convinced them to reject an $8 million settlement offer from the hospital that was attempting to avoid going to trial. The family agreed and ended up losing the case. The loss was seen as so bad that the hospital’s attorneys mocked the failure in the press, laughing at them for turning down $8 million and then getting shut out of court.

Though it was difficult, the family and their attorney persevered and in 2011 the New York Appellate Court reversed the lower court decision, ordering a new trial. The second case ended in a hung jury and required a third trial, which began last month. Despite the years of struggling the fight appears to have been worth it.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Most children who have cerebral palsy have had it since birth, often due to a lack of oxygen to the brain. Sometimes this lack of oxygen is because of medical malpractice and delivery mistakes during labor or childbirth. In cases where medical malpractice has been linked to a child’s development of cerebral palsy, common causes include: the failure to properly detect or treat infections in the mother during pregnancy, the failure to properly monitor fetal heart rate before and during labor, the failure to plan for a cesarean section when a baby is too large to safely pass through the birth canal and negligence in using instruments like forceps in a delivery.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a medical error or complication, you should consult with an experienced Virginia (VA) medical malpractice lawyer who has successfully handled similar med mal cases in the past. Our firm enjoys a reputation of experience and success while representing victims in medical malpractice cases against doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers. We approach each case individually to provide the resources, knowledge and experience to achieve success on behalf of our clients.

Potentially Helpful Info:

If you or a member of your family has been harmed by a Virginia (VA) doctor’s misdiagnosis, mistake or negligence, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options for seeking compensation by downloading this free report.

Have Questions? Check Out Our Firm’s FAQs.

If you or a loved one has been injured at the hands of a medical professional, chances are you are confused about your options and may not know where to turn for help. To learn more about medical malpractice cases, check out this online library of Virginia (VA) attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding medical malpractice lawsuits.

Here’s a post discussing the importance of medical records in malpractice lawsuits:

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.

Contact us at: Westlake Legal Group Your Northern Virginia Full Service Law Firm. Call (703) 406-7616 or click here for our website: http://westlakelegal.com/

$500 Million Jury Award For Nevada Malpractice Case

By Richard Shapiro, VA/NC Medical Malpractice Attorney

A Nevada medical malpractice case against UnitedHealth and a shoddy medical clinic that infected patients with Hepatitis C, culminated in a massive $500 million punitive damage award. To learn more, read the full story here…

Med Mal Case Against UnitedHealth Group Ends With Half A Billion Punitive Damage Award

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.

Contact us at: Westlake Legal Group Your Northern Virginia Full Service Law Firm. Call (703) 406-7616 or click here for our website: http://westlakelegal.com/

Charter Bus Driver Charged With Reckless Driving After Death Of NC Man

By Mark Favaloro, Virginia (VA) Wrongful Death Attorney

What Happened:

Virginia State Police have announced that they are investigating a charter bus crash in Capron, VA that left a North Carolina man dead and the bus driver facing criminal charges. The accident happened just after 7 a.m. on Route 58 near Route 652. The charter bus was heading to Hampton, VA from Chapel Hill, NC with a group of students and chaperones. Police say the bus driver lost control and ran off the right side of the road, eventually overturning the bus in a ditch.

At the time of the accident the bus was carrying eight passengers along with the hired driver. Two of the passengers were thrown from the bus as it overturned, one of whom later died. The man who died, Emmanuel Watson, was from Chapel Hill and was serving as a chaperone on the trip.

The bus had been hired to carry a group of students to visit Hampton University during an Open House presentation. Six of the passengers were taken to nearby Southampton Memorial Hospital for treatment of their relatively minor injuries. Another passenger who was thrown from the bus had to be airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital given the severity of that person’s injuries.

Police have announced that they are charging the 62-year-old driver, Larry Brocks, with reckless driving. The bus was owned and operated by a Washington-based company, Horizon Coach Lines. Police say the investigation into the exact cause of the deadly crash is ongoing.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Accidents involving commercial buses are sadly not rare events. In fact, as the popularity of bus services such as Megabus and others have exploded, so have the numbers of serious commercial bus accidents. These accidents frequently turn deadly given the large number of passengers onboard and the general lack of safety features on the buses. Charter buses and other commercial transportation operations rarely if ever have things like airbags or seatbelts, features that are standard on even the most basic passenger cars. Passengers are thus left unprotected and vulnerable in the event of a crash, leading to severe injuries and even death.

Potentially Helpful Information:

Mass transit or bus accidents are very different than a common fender bender.  The investigations can be much more time intensive and fighting with a commercial bus operator over damages is often a lengthier process than handling an accident between two individuals. Many of these bus companies, such as the one in the accident above, cross state lines all of which make recovering restitution much harder without the help of an experienced Virginia (VA) bus accident injury lawyer.

Have Questions? Check Out Our Firm’s FAQs:

If you or someone you love has been injured in a Virginia accident you likely don’t know where to turn for advice. The following answers to common frequently asked questions can help provide some basic information about why it’s important to obtain legal counsel after suffering an unexpected accident.

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About the Editors: The lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have decades of experience handling wrongful death claims in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC). Check out our case results to see our track record of success. Our wrongful death law firm has offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, VA, and in Elizabeth City, NC. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To learn more about wrongful death law, take a look at this free consumer report written by one of the firm’s experienced wrongful death attorneys.

Contact us at: Westlake Legal Group Your Northern Virginia Full Service Law Firm. Call (703) 406-7616 or click here for our website: http://westlakelegal.com/

Tort Reform Will Not Significantly Reduce Health Care Costs

By Jim Lewis, Medical Negligence Attorney

Our firm published an article discussing the misguided and irrational arguments calling for capping jury awards at $250,000. Jury awards are not the problem. They do not cause health care costs to increase. Find out why in this article…

The Answer to Rising Health Care Costs is Not Found in the Court Room

About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.

Contact us at: Westlake Legal Group Your Northern Virginia Full Service Law Firm. Call (703) 406-7616 or click here for our website: http://westlakelegal.com/

Alleged Dentist Puts 7,000 Patients at Risk of HIV, Hepatitis

By Jim Lewis, Virginia (VA) Medical Malpractice Lawyer

We put a lot of trust into any medical professional when we walk into their office. Over 7,000 patients have been put at risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis after an Oklahoma dentist allegedlybreached their trust and violated protocol. To read the full story, follow the link to “Alleged Dentist Puts 7,000 Patients at Risk of HIV, Hepatitis”.

About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.

Contact us at: Westlake Legal Group Your Northern Virginia Full Service Law Firm. Call (703) 406-7616 or click here for our website: http://westlakelegal.com/