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January 2003 Archives

So-Called Insurance Crisis Not Caused by Lawsuits

Medical Malpractice Insurance Problems Due to Economic Cycle January 31, 2003 -- The medical malpractice insurance crisis in West Virginia is caused by the economic cycle, and not by excessive lawsuits, according to a recent report by the consumer group Public Citizen. Frequent medical errors and a lack of doctor...

New Priority 8 Veterans Not Eligible for VA Health Care

Priority 8 Vets Have Incomes Above Threshold WASHINGTON, DC -- January 24, 2003 -- The Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), Anthony Principi, has announced that health care enrollment for new Priority Group 8 veterans will be suspended for one year (News Release, January 17, 2003). Priority Group 8 veterans are...

Medical Errors Are Too Common

Doctors, Insurers Wrong About Medical Malpractice Crisis, Group Says WASHINGTON, D.C. -- January 17, 2003 -- Representatives of the consumer groups Center for Medical Consumers, Consumer Federation of America, and Public Citizen recently held a press conference in which they charged that the medical and insurance industries were providing inaccurate...

Large Award Against Philip Morris

Oregon Supreme Court Lets Tobacco Verdict Stand PORTLAND, OR -- January 03, 2003 -- The Oregon Supreme Court declined to review an $80 million verdict against Philip Morris, letting the Oregon Court of Appeals decision stand. The award, which included $79.5 million in punitive damages, was to the family of...

Celebrex Has Serious Side-Effects

Celecoxib (Celebrex) Failed to Lower Ulcer Risk HONG KONG, CHINA -- January 3, 2003 -- The arthritis drug celecoxib (marketed as Celebrex) is no more effective in preventing repeated bleeding from stomach ulcers than standard treatments, according to an article published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine (Volume...