How Safe is Your Talcum Powder?

shutterstock_398670208For the second time in just four months, giant pharmaceutical firm Johnson & Johnson losses another lawsuit and ordered by the court to pay $55m to Gloria Ristesund, who developed ovarian cancer after years of using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder (the first lawsuit was in February wherein Johnson & Johnson was made to pay $72m to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer which she claimed she developed during the 35 years that she used the company’s talc-based baby powder).

Amidst Johnson & Johnson’s claim that cosmetic talc is safe, as proven through 30 years of studies by medical experts worldwide, the lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson knew about the dangers associated with using talcum powder, yet it covered up results of the studies that showed a link between its baby powder and ovarian cancer. Instead of including a warning on its product’s label, no information about the dangers of using talcum powder was said in order to increase sales.

Talc, the source of talcum powder, is a mineral that contains magnesium, oxygen and silicon. It is used in various cosmetic products due to it capability to keep the skin dry and prevent rashes. According to the American Cancer Society, a number of studies suggest that regular application of talcum powder in the genital area (or on condoms, diaphragms, or sanitary napkins) might cause cancer in the ovaries, especially if powder particles travel to the ovary.

While Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal this May ruling, if it succeeds, Johnson & Johnson will need to worry anew due to the 1,200 similar lawsuits that it will also have to face.

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Detroit Woman Claims Stillbirth Due to Police

Pregnant WomanA suspect in a case of shoplifting, Shenika Parchman, has lost her appeal to charge Detroit police with a lawsuit. Detroit federal judge, Denise Page Hood, had dismissed the case back in January 2015.

In 2011, Parchman was arrested for shoplifting at a Meijer store, a popular hypermarket, while she had been nine months pregnant at the time. In the week that followed after her arrest, she gave birth to a stillborn son and since then, the suspect has claimed that it was the rough treatment of her by a Taylor-based police officer during her arrest that had led to the death of her child.

It was, however, her failure to provide evidentiary support of the claim – the fact that she could not name a particular officer during her deposition being one of the key points of her case – equated into the failure of her appeal to file a lawsuit against the Detroit-area police.

A report from the Associated Press states that the court has rejected her appeal on the grounds of there being “no reasonable juror” for her claim since Parchman could not properly identify the Detroit police officer in question or that she had been injured at all during her arrest.

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Under new law, terminally ill patients given access to medication not approved by FDA

The only drugs administered to the public are those that have been investigated and thus approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  This can often be a long and uphill battle, taking many drugs years to reach consumers.  However, when the already approved medications given to a terminally ill patient aren’t working, many are arguing that they should have a “right to try” medications that have not received final approval from the FDA.

Twenty-two states in the United States have already approved this law and other states are following.  These “right to try” laws state that under correct protocol, terminally ill patients have the right to drugs not approved by the FDA.   When a patient has tried all other treatment options and still remains in critical condition, this new law can offer some hope if an unapproved drug can possibly help.  Some are saying this law gives some hope to those who have lost all.  If some patients were forced to wait until the drug was approved by the FDA, many would die before the process was complete.

“Right to try” activists are calling for the new law to be approved in more states.  Some states have even seen unanimous votes in the House and Senate in approval of the law.  According to families of terminally ill patients such as Dalton Powers, whose dad suffers from ALS, this new law has allowed access to treatments and medications that may not be officially approved for 10 more years. Due to reasons such as this, it seems as though more states will move forward with “right to try” laws.

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Why Pharmaceutical Errors Are Especially Dangerous

Assuming your doctor finds the correct diagnosis for your condition, he or she will likely prescribe you with some type of medication.

Modern medicine is the culmination of decades complex studies in chemistry and biology. There is no such thing as a “wonder drug” that will work to cure all diseases, and as a matter of fact, using the wrong medication for a condition can have drastic consequences on a patient. This is why it’s essential that doctors and pharmacists communicate effectively.

medical malpracticeWhen an individual is prescribed medication, it is imperative that they receive that kind of medication in the correct dosage. Sadly, it is not incredibly uncommon for doctors or pharmacists to make mistakes that can lead to patients receiving the wrong medication or dosage. These mistakes can be a result of simple negligence, such as a pharmacist putting the wrong pills in a bottle, or a doctor’s illegible handwriting.

Receiving the wrong medications because of a pharmaceutical error can be incredibly dangerous for a person’s well-being. Not only do these errors result in a patient’s condition going untreated, but they can cause unwanted side effects that mask what’s actually happening.

Patients can reduce their chances of falling prey to such errors by asking their doctors and pharmacists questions about their prescriptions. Be sure to know the names, dosages, shape, and color of any drugs a doctor prescribes to you to be sure you are receiving the correct medications.

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Election Polls Discuss Wrong Diagnosis

Injuries or ailments caused by medical malpractice can result to a personal injury lawsuit, where you or your loved one can file for a claim against the medical professional responsible for the complications brought about by the mistake in the procedure or diagnosis. Breaking the trust and standard of care on which medical professionals have taken an oath to maintain, a patient can develop serious and even life-threatening complications following a wrong diagnosis. When a wrong diagnosis has caused physical harm or injury to the patient, then it can be a reason for seeking a personal injury lawsuit, and talking with medical malpractice attorneys would be beneficial for your claim.

Wrong diagnosis can have severe implications on the patient, whether it be their physical, psychological or financial state. Generally, there are three types of wrong diagnosis, namely:

  1. The “false-positive” diagnosis where the patient is advised of an “illness” which they do not have, in return develops side-effects or complications from the treatments and/or medical prescriptions they are given.
  2. The “false-negative” diagnosis where the patient is did not notice (or neglected to notice) any symptoms of the disease or ailment which the patient has. This, in turn, causes the disease or ailment to progress and become more severe.
  3. Wrong or mistaken diagnosis occurs when the patient’s symptoms are mistaken for another disease or ailment, and so the patient suffers from the side effects or complications due to the wrong treatment/medical prescriptions given to them.

Personal injury claims caused by a wrong diagnosis can be complicated and intricate. If you or any of your loved ones has been through such a circumstance, it would be very helpful to contact medical malpractice lawyers who can assist you in better understanding your rights. Discussing it with experienced medical malpractice attorneys could guide you on your pursuit for compensation, as well as help determine if your claim is eligible to pursue the claims.

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