Drug Recall

  • Friday, May 2, 2014 - 14:39

    The common view of a plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer is not flattering.   Most people see the PI lawyer as an “ambulance chasing” parasite on our economy and our society.  This image, perpetuated by those who oppose personal injury lawyers in court, prevails.  Who are those who oppose personal injury lawyers in court?  Insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, hospitals, product manufacturers, and doctors, to name a few.  There are plenty of resources available to generate the propaganda machine that feeds and perpetuates the adverse view of personal injury lawyers in our society.

    The fault is not all the big money, powerful interests.  There are, of course, plenty of personal injury lawyers who feed the flame and who lack regard for a calling higher than lining their own pockets.  But this group is a minority.  Most personal injury lawyers willing to take on America’s biggest and most powerful entities are devoted to more than their own profit.  These men and women are empowered by the realization that their work makes a difference, that by holding negligent (and worse) actors accountable for the harm they cause, no matter how rich or powerful the negligent actor is, the plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer helps make all of us safer.

  • Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 14:07

    The other day, I sat on an airplane next to a surgeon.  We were heading to Boston.  He is a surgical chief at one of the Harvard hospitals.  He was on his cell phone, bemoaning the fact that many of his patients were exposed to drugs formulated by New England Compounding, the company that mass-produced pain medications infected with a deadly strain of meningitis.  The injectable drugs, known as methylprednisolone acetate, have now killed at least 29 people, and caused disease in 377 more.  Over 14,000 patients have been exposed.  Many in pubic health are calling this one of the worst public health disasters since the 1930s.  They have referred to the facility as one that lacked “basic clean room principles.”

    New England Compounding supplied many of America’s most influential and busiest hospitals, including systems at Harvard, Yale, and the Mayo Clinic.

    America’s largest and best health care institutions trusted New England Compounding to provide safe and effective medications for their patients.  As Dr. Gerard Martin, of Children’s National Medical Center told the New York Times last week, the hospitals trusted New England Compounding because they trusted the FDA as well as state regulators to insure safety.  “You believe that when a company is being regulated they’re following good practices, “ Dr. Martin told The New York Times.