Month: December 2011

FDA Wants Blood Clots Added to YAZ Labels

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that the labels for birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin, manufactured by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, be strengthened to include more information about the increased risk of blood clots. This is not Bayer’s first appearance at the FDA scrutiny rodeo. In 2008, Yaz was the best-selling birth …

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Judge Halts Change to Medicaid

Good news for disabled and elderly people who require personal care services:  A federal judge has stopped North Carolina from ending services for some Medicaid recipients who receive in-home care. According to an article in the News & Observer, the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) had recently increased eligibility requirement for personal …

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Ten Worst Insurance Companies in America

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has published a document listing the ten worst insurance companies in America. To come up with this list, researchers at the AAJ undertook a comprehensive investigation of thousands of court documents, SEC and FBI records, state insurance department investigations and complaints, news accounts from across the country, and the testimony and depositions of former …

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Fires in Surgery a Danger to Patients

I had heard about fires that break out during surgical procedures, but I thought that they were exceedingly rare. But according to a notification by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), every year about 650 patients are injured by surgical fires. In some cases, the injuries are life threatening. In addition, more fires start …

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