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Sweeney Law FirmBill would make compounders register with FDAThe bill was spurred on by the recent deaths and infections caused by fungal contamination of drugs from a New England compounding pharmacy. Many are wondering if compounding pharmacies lack oversight that might have prevented contaminated product release. The bill, the Supporting Access to Formulated and Effective Compounded Drugs Act,...Sweeney Law FirmCan a Nurse Be Held Liable for Malpractice in IndianaINDIANA MALPRACTICE - NURSES As many can attest, when admitted at a hospital, the person you may see the most might be a nurse. As with doctors, nurses are healthcare professionals that can be held liable for a mistake. There are six different ways a nurse can commit malpractice: Failure to...Sweeney Law FirmCardiac Science Corporation AEDCardiac science corporation automated external defibrillators (AEDs) manufactured by Cardiac Science Corporation are part of a class 1 recall because of the units failing. AEDs are used to treat persons who are believed to have had a heart attack, and/or found unresponsive. The AED will detect heart rhythms and tell...Sweeney Law FirmChanges to Payment of Claims Indiana Senate Bill 354, sponsored by State Senator Allen Paul (R, 27th Dist.), proposes to require claims for payment from the State’s medical malpractice Patient’s Compensation Fund to be computed and paid every three months instead of every six months as required by current law. Under current law, claims for...Sweeney Law FirmContaminated Steroid Solution Finally in CourtTwo years after news broke that hundreds of patients sickened by contaminated steroid solution, lawsuits on behalf of those patients against the company that made the solution and the clinics that bought and administered the injections are coming to life in civil courts. Indiana victims are part of a meningitis-related...Sweeney Law FirmCourt upholds $300,000 Verdict in "Patient Abandonment" The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the first malpractice judgment against former Merrillville, Indiana nose doctor Mark Weinberger. This suit is one of more than 350 medical malpractice claims that have been lodged against Mark Weinberger where it is alleged that he performed unnecessary or poorly performed surgeries.Sweeney Law FirmCritical Errors rise to a Five Year Peak in 2010Indiana hospital and surgery center critical errors increased to 107 in 2010 from 94 the previous year according to the Indiana State Department of Health.  Fort Wayne’s Parkview Hospital lead the way, reporting five incidents. This put them into a tie with a South Bend hospital for the most critical...Sweeney Law FirmDementia Care Costing Over $150 billion, USAAge-related dementia is chronic, degenerative, and renders those who suffer from it dependent on care. It is the dependent long-term care costs for patients that has driven the annual price tag for dementia patients into the $150 billion plus range. 75-84% of the costs associated are for the care aspects...Sweeney Law FirmDisruptive Behavior Leads to Medical ErrorsHow well does my health care team get along? A Delaware Online article presents information on how the interaction between your medical providers and staff may affect you and your loved ones. The question is worth pondering, say experts in what is commonly called “disruptive behavior.” When doctors throw charts...Sweeney Law FirmEditorial: Scooter Wars and Medicare FraudThis opinion piece brings up the ads seen frequently on tv that promise a substantial medicare payment towards mobility aids such as power wheelchairs and scooters. What is not often addressed is whether these devices are being paid for by government programs for people who don’t require them. Another issue...