Mom Charged With Injecting Son’s IV With His Own Feces

A woman in Indiana has been accused of tampering with her 15-year-old son’s IV while he was undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. The mother, identified as 41-year-old Tiffany Alberts, told authorities she had been injecting her son’s own feces into his system in order to get him moved from


Patients at Risk of Grave Infections, So Says Hospital Staff

The Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, one of the largest hospitals in San Gabriel Valley, California, has come under fire by its employees who believe poor management and unsanitary conditions are putting patients at risk for serious, sometimes deadly infections. In a report filed by unit staff members of the Service Employees International Union, employees


EpiFail: Gov’t Knew EpiPen Was Misclassified in 2009

As previously reported, Mylan Inc., the pharmaceutical manufacturer of the life-saving EpiPen, misclassified their brand name drug as generic for years, thus deceiving and effectively defrauding governmentally-funded insurance providers Medicare and Medicaid, resulting in millions of dollars in overpayments by taxpayers, all in an effort to save themselves money prior to hiking the price of


Dental Dilemma: O.C. Clinic Facing Lawsuit Over Infections

After countless children experienced severe, life-threatening bacterial and bone infections upon being exposed to dirty water during pulpotomy procedures at the Children’s Dental Group in Anaheim, California, their families are beginning to fight back by filing a civil lawsuit against the clinic. Among other charges, the initial lawsuit alleges the clinic engaged in fraudulent behavior


E-Cigs Linked to Heavier Tobacco Use in Teens

A new study conducted by The University of Southern California has revealed teens who regularly “vape” e-cigarettes are more likely to become heavier, more frequent tobacco users in the future. “Vaping” is the term for puffing on electronic cigarettes, which though devoid of tobacco, still contain highly addictive nicotine. As e-cigs have continued to rise


Judge Rules Nursing Home Arbitration Clause Can Stay

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created a new rule in September of this year that prevented most nursing homes and long-term care facilities from adding a forced arbitration clause to the contracts of new residents that effectively strip them of their right to sue in court in the event of neglect,


DOJ Urged to Reject Mylan Settlement by Senator

United States Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has written a letter urging the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to reject the proposed $465 million settlement reached between the government and Mylan, Inc. after it was discovered the beleaguered corporation, responsible for increasing the price of the life-saving EpiPen to $600 per 2-pak in August of this


Alabama Malpractice Laws Protect Doctors, Not Patients

Imagine receiving a diagnosis of cancer, complete with a treatment protocol that included grueling chemotherapy treatments, radiation and a surgically-placed port in your chest, only to learn a year later you never actually had the disease and were the victim of a misdiagnosis. I think in most cases, patients would not only want answers, but


Cola Wars: The Next Generation

Those of us who are of a certain age will remember the Cola Wars. In the 70s and 80s, soda rivals Pepsi and Coke went head to head to capture the brown, sweet fizzy water market. “Taking the Pepsi Challenge” meant participating in a blind taste test of the two drinks. There were loyalty programs, endless


St. Jude Medical, Inc. Heart Device Recall

St. Jude Medical, Inc. is a global company that designs and manufactures health management solutions, including heart devices. On October 11, 2016, the company issued a field advisory to physicians, patients and caregivers warning that the company’s Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, ICD, and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator, CRT-D, device batteries may prematurely fail, and a recall