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Generic Drugs Spark Suits

The United States Supreme Court has made a ruling that has caused concern for people taking generic versions of drugs rather than brand-name drugs. In PLIVIA v. Mensing, which was heard in 2011, the Court found that federal statutes and Food and Drug Administration regulations pre-empt state tort claims. This case involved two individuals who after being prescribed the brand-name drug Reglan, were actually given the generic version of the drug by their pharmacist. Several years of taking the generic drug led both to develop a severe neurological disorder and they sued due to inadequate warning labels. The brand-name Reglan had recognized such risk associated with long-term use and strengthened its labeling to convey the risk where as the generic brand did not. The Court’s reasoning for not requiring generic drug manufacturers to comply with both federal regulations and state court judgments is because as the law stands they must…
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Honor Older Americans By Taking a More Active Role in Their Welfare

On Monday, we discussed how May is Older Americans Month and began using the campaign as an opportunity to talk about nursing home abuse and neglect. The video above is fairly humorous advertisement for an assisted living home, but elder abuse and neglect is a problem that often occurs out of sight and, thus, stays out of most minds. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) says that the best available estimates indicate that approximately 700,000 to 3.5 million older Americans are abused, neglect, or exploited each year. The most recent national statistics for Adult Protective Services (APS) programs indicate that there were approximately 381,430 reports of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation to APS across the country in 2003, but the NCEA notes that “even when suspicions are reported, the outcomes of the cases are difficult to track.” According to the NCEA, the older population in America is continuing to…
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Pay Tribute to Older Americans in May

President John F. Kennedy’s meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens served as a prelude to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month” in 1963. President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 designation led to the annual observance being renamed Older Americans Month, but the Administration on Aging (AoA) says every president since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. As the video above from the AoA demonstrates, there are numerous events and activities around the country in honor of Older Americans Month. According to the AoA, Florida has the highest proportion of people age 65 and over with 17 percent, although the proportion is over 30 percent in several counties. Older Americans Month arrives one month after Judge James O. Shelfer of the Second Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee refused to…
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