Readers in Mt. Laurel have likely been following the developing story regarding the nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis. The growing problem is linked to a tainted steroid made by a pharmaceutical manufacturer based in the northeast. In all, the outbreak has caused at least 250 reported cases and over 20 deaths - although those numbers seem to grow every day. Reports indicate that the steroid was used to inject thousands of people in 16 states, including many here New Jersey.
New Jersey residents are probably aware of a recent hepatitis outbreak that is emerging in neighboring states and across the country. Details of the work of a travelling medical technician are raising concerns in medical facilities in at least eight states. The man is accused of spreading hepatitis C.
Individuals in New Jersey may want to be aware of legislation that, while not passed in the final legislative session, still has strong support from volunteer doctors. The hotly debated legislation would protect doctors from medical malpractice lawsuits. However, the only doctors who would be shielded are those who volunteer and give free medical care to people who cannot otherwise afford it.
When Cherry Hill residents have to undergo a surgical procedure, most often they are confident in the doctor's skills. The vast majority of doctors are entirely capable of completing the surgery to which they are assigned, but what happens when the doctor is not qualified? This is where medical malpractice suits come in.
New Jersey residents who visit a doctor for any reason trust that they are in good hands with a medical professional. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Doctors make mistakes, and when negligence results in injury to a patient, there is likely grounds to seek compensation through a medical malpractice claim.
A New Jersey doctor is likely to have his medical license suspended after an undercover investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration showed the doctor prescribed addictive medication when it wasn't necessary. A complaint filed with the Board of Medical Examiners in Trenton claims the doctor, of Old Bridge, recklessly prescribed anabolic steroids and painkillers to his patients.
New Jersey residents will be interested to hear of a woman who was faced with the choice of whether or not to continue taking anti-depression medication after learning that she was pregnant with twins. She had a prescription for Zoloft, and if she stopped taking the drug, she felt she would have an especially difficult time dealing with the pregnancy. Knowing how bad her depression could be, she also feared she wouldn't be able to properly care for her newborns if she stopped taking the medication.
Readers in the Mt. Laurel area know that a medication error can have deadly consequences. A wrong dosage could either cause an overdose or fail to treat an illness, and an incorrect prescription could cause a fatal allergic reaction. Incorrect record keeping or other error could also lead to the prescription of a drug that could interact in dangerous ways with another drug.
A mother in New Jersey took her 3-year-old son to a dentist for a routine procedure. The boy was placed in a kind of papoose to restrain him while he was given a local anesthetic and his cavities were filled. But according to the mother, the little boy's body went limp, and his lips turned blue. He had stopped breathing. The child was later pronounced dead at a New Jersey hospital, and the dentist who gave the little boy anesthetic is now under investigation for medical negligence.
A New Jersey man was experiencing shortness of breath and chest pains when he visited South Jersey Healthcare-Regional Medical Center. The doctor who treated the man diagnosed him with a mere virus and sent him home without a prescription. The next day, the ailing man, fearing his imminent death, quickly wrote up a will that named his best friend as the executor of his estate. The sick man soon collapsed and lost consciousness from what was later determined to be a pulmonary embolism. Sadly, he was declared deceased when he arrived at the hospital.