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Feds Act to Reduce Drug Injury Cases Involving Elderly Patients Taking Antipsychotic Medications

by Keith Adkins

Mental illness is a prominent condition in nursing homes across the United States today. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows more than two-thirds of nursing home residents are afflicted with conditions such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Traditionally, antipsychotic medications were used to treat many of these patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration called for warning labels to be placed on the packaging of these particular drugs after it was discovered they could lead to an increased chance of a drug injury like heart failure, infection, and death in elderly patients with mental illness.  Despite these warnings, more than 300,000 nursing home residents continue to receive treatment using antipsychotic drugs.

The federal government is pushing to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes by:

  • Promoting Individualized Care- A patient’s history, lifestyle, and preferences should be taken into consideration. An article from NPR News used an example of letting a former night watchmen stay up at night after curfew and allowing him to sleep during the day.
  • Supporting Educational Campaigns- Federal programs that provide training to nursing home staff are currently under-utilized, considering approximately 10 nursing homes in a Texas county that has 96 such facilities took part in a free training DVD provided by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Strictly Enforcing the Law- The Nursing Home Reform Act states residents have a right to be free from chemical restraints, yet few nursing homes are penalized for using antipsychotic drugs as a means to control a patient’s behavior.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we are aware of the need to provide better care for the elderly in nursing homes. That’s why our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are here to help you if your loved one was harmed as the result of taking antipsychotic medications while being housed in a long-term care facility. We’re available to speak with you anytime by calling (877) 579-6800.

Former NFL Players Suing The League Over Drug Injuries

by Staff

The medications created through modern chemistry are widely used by athletes to overcome injuries and stay on the field, but new allegations are arising that the National Football League (NFL) may have improperly given medications to players. The individuals now claim these treatments caused them to suffer a serious drug injury.

Richard Dent was a defensive end for the Chicago Bears for years. During his tenure though, he suffered a broken bone in his foot. Rather than treating the injury through rest, doctors injected the injured foot with a mixture of painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications so that he could continue to play. Now Dent is claiming to have suffered permanent nerve damage in the foot as a result of continuing to play on the injured limb.

An article from the Insurance Journal explains similar allegations were made by seven other players, one of whom claims to have developed dependence on painkillers after doctors prescribed him drugs without warning of the risks that are involved with taking them.

The lawsuits come in the wake of another series of allegations, in which the NFL was accused of failing to warn players about the dangers associated with repeat traumatic brain injuries.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, our team of Oklahoma personal injury lawyers has seen the effects drug injuries can have on patients. That’s why we are hopeful a decision in the case brings some closure to the players who were allegedly harmed by the actions of the NFL.

Doctor Charged With Homicide After Overprescribing Painkillers to Patients

by Staff

There are many types of mistakes doctors can make that can cause a patient harm, but medication errors are some of the most common. These can include not only giving the patient the wrong type of medication, but also overprescribing certain drugs. The Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain one doctor in the state is now facing criminal charges in connection to allegations he prescribed excessive amounts of dangerous painkillers to some patients, which ultimately led to the deaths of eight individuals.

According to a story from KLTV 7 News, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics stated the doctor did not accept any forms of insurance from patients and that he prescribed more than 3.5 million pills to patients within a one-year time frame. Three patients died the day after receiving their prescriptions and another died after causing a traffic collision that claimed another motorist’s life as well.

The doctor surrendered his license to practice medicine in the state of Oklahoma on December 13, after facing accusations of unethical behavior and negligence in connection to the deaths of his patients. He was then arrested last Friday at a Kilgore, Texas, residence on nine counts of homicide.

J. Colbert and his team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers a medication error can pose and encourage anyone who has been harmed by a drug prescribed by a doctor to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney immediately.

Review Finds Labeling Issue with Dozens of Dietary Supplements

by Staff

A Department of Health and Human Services report released last Wednesday stated dozens of dietary supplements are illegally labeled, and the supplements have no evidence to confirm their claimed health benefits.

A story released by KNOE 8 News states roughly 20 percent of the more than 125 drugs examined were improperly labeled. Also, investigators discovered as many as 7 percent of supplement manufacturers failed to include a disclaimer saying the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had not approved the product.

The supplements examined included those used for weight loss and to boost the immune system, yet they were found to make unsubstantiated claims. Some medications went as far as to say they could cure conditions like HIV or cancer, while another used a 30-year-old handwritten college term paper to validate their claims.

The review has prompted the FDA to approach congress about receiving the ability to oversee the marketing of dietary supplements to prevent workout supplement injuries, as current law only allows the FDA to intervene if someone becomes ill or dies as a result of taking such products.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers understand the inherent risks that come with taking supplements lacking medical review. That is why the firm would encourage anyone who has been harmed by taking such supplements to discuss their legal rights with a qualified attorney immediately.