Archive for January 2009

2-year-old Dies After Pharmacy Mix-up

A new law, Emily’s Law, has been implemented in to our society.

Emily’s Law requires that all pharmacy technicians have completed high-school, or have obtained a GED, agree to a criminal background check and pass a pharmacy proficiency exam.  Before this law, there were no rules or regulations for pharmacy technicians.

This movement started after 2-year-old Emily Jerry died in the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, after she was given the wrong dosage of her medicine.

Emily had been battling against a large tumor, and the pharmacy technician on duty accidentally put 26 times the normal amount of saline in to her chemotherapy medicine.  The hospital pharmacist did not see the error.

Pharmacy errors can be extremely dangerous, or even fatal.  If you or a loved one has suffered on behalf of another’s negligence, please contact your Lake Geneva personal injury attorney at 800-242-2874

Plane Crashes Into Hudson

Are plane crashes as dangerous as people think?  In other words, if you were to get in to a plan e crash, should it be assumed that you will most likely die?  In short, the answer is no.  Although plane crashes are extremely dangerous, you should not think you are plummeting to your death if you happen to find yourself in that circumstance. 

According to a recent study:

95.7 % of people survive a plane crash.  And:

 National Transportation Safety Board declared between the years between 1983 and 2000 involving 53,487 passengers, they found that 51,207 survived. That’s 95.7 percent.

Therefore, when you are in a plane crash, you are not necessarily doomed. 

A good example of this is when a plane crashed a couple of days ago.   Apparently, 1 of the engines on the 2-engine A US Airways Jet plane exploded minutes after take-off crashed in to the Hudson River.  The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in to the icy waters of the Hudson River in New York City. 

No one was seriously injured, but there were injuries, some physical some emotional. 

It is a miracle that nobody was killed during this plane crash.  Although no death count was necessary, those that were injured still have the right to seek compensation for their traumatic experiences, and for the injuries they acquired.  Please contact your personal injury lawyer at 800-242-2874 for more information on these matters. 

New Compound in Product Haparin is unapproved in U.S

Who knew the main ingredient in Heparin, a blood-thinning drug, is cooked, dried pig intestines? 

Although seemingly grotesque, dried pig intestines produce the enzyme, Heparin, which is processed to remove impurities by means of fractional precipitation, purification and chemical treatment. 

It takes $900, and 3,500 pig intestines to produce Heparin.  Therefore, the maker of Heparin, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, decided to substitute the more expensive, safer ingredients, for more dangerous ones.

Baxter identified a heparin-like-molecule, called over-sulfated chondroitin (OSCS), which mimics Heparin’s activities.  OSC S only costs $9 to produce, however, the compound is not found in nature, and is not approved by the United States. 

This significantly increases the likelihood that individuals who opt to use this drug will be exposed to more adverse side effects and reactions.  This drug increases the risk and danger associated with a blood-thinning drug. 

Without adequate knowledge of the pharmaceutical medications you are consuming, it is not unlikely you will encounter a drug that is not approved by the officials in our country.  Please contact your personal injury lawyer at 800-242-2874 if you  or someone you know has encountered a similar problem.