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Antibiotics Linked to Permanent Eye Injury in Recent JAMA Article
Some of the most frequently-prescribed antibiotics in the United States may be causing permanent eye injury, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The manufacturers of quinolones, a class of pharmaceuticals used to treat bacterial infections, have been hit with allegations that the popular medications can lead to severe and lasting side effects that include nerve damage and blindness. In the study, which was published in the January issue o...

By Tod Aronovitz | 06/24/15 | 0 Comment READ MORE

Mortality Rate of Pediatric Open Heart Surgeries at St. Mary’s Above State Average
St. Mary’s Medical Center is disputing a CNN story that reported the hospital’s infant mortality rate in its pediatric open heart surgery unit is well above the national average. St. Mary’s, a Tenet-owned hospital based in West Palm Beach, claims the news network greatly exaggerated its calculations compared to figures by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), which also found pediatric heart mortalities at St. Mary’s to be higher than average on a statewide basis, bu...

By Tod Aronovitz | 06/09/15 | 0 Comment READ MORE

Consumers Pursue TCPA Class Action Lawsuits to Enforce Rights
In a prior ARONOVITZ Law blog post, Miami Class Action Attorney Tod Aronovitz summarized provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)—a law enacted to protect consumers from unsolicited telemarketing and automatic ‘robo’ calls. According to Mr. Aronovitz, some companies still conduct unlawful telemarketing practices even though they are in violation of the TCPA, especially when it comes to cell phones. Class action attorney Aronovitz points to three key provisions of the ...

By Tod Aronovitz | 06/08/15 | 0 Comment READ MORE

FCC Proposes to Enhance TCPA Protections to Address Mobile Phone Usage
Consumer class action attorney Tod Aronovitz discussed the premise of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and its safeguards against unsolicited and unwanted telemarketing calls in a prior ARONOVITZ Law blog post titled, “A Consumer Guide to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).” One of the issues the Miami class action lawyer pointed out was the changing demographics of cell phone usage and how this law protects consumers against improper debt collection calls made to t...

By Tod Aronovitz | 06/05/15 | 0 Comment READ MORE

A Quick Consumer Guide to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
In response to the increasing number of telephone marketing calls and certain telemarketing practices believed to impinge on consumer privacy and risk public safety, Congress passed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in 1991. This statute restricts the use of automatic telephone dialing systems, artificial and pre-recorded messages, and telephone facsimile (fax) machines to send unsolicited advertisements. In conjunction with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), several rev...

By Tod Aronovitz | 06/02/15 | 0 Comment READ MORE

Government Intervenes in HCR ManorCare False Claims Act Lawsuits
Alleged deceptive billing practices are at the center of three False Claims Act lawsuits against HCR ManorCare. The U.S. government has intervened in the suits and filed a consolidated complaint against the healthcare provider. Owned by the Carlyle Group, ManorCare is one of the nation’s largest networks of skilled nursing facilities. The firm operates about 281 centers in 30 states, with numerous Florida locations including Kendall, Miami, Plantation, Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach. Th...

By Tod Aronovitz | 05/05/15 | 0 Comment READ MORE

From his Miami Jail Cell, Dr. Melgen Awaits Trial for $105 Million Medicare Fraud
Alleged lies have apparently caught up with North Palm Beach ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen. Accused of lying to the federal government about Medicare claims and lying to his patients by unlawfully diagnosing them with macular degeneration, federal prosecutors have refused to negotiate bond with the multimillionaire native of the Dominican Republic while he awaits trial on 76 charges of bilking Medicare out of $105 million, filing false claims, and making false statements, The Palm Beach Post r...

By Tod Aronovitz | 04/21/15 | 0 Comment READ MORE

Florida Board of Medicine to Decide if Back Surgeon Committed Repeated Medical Malpractice
Dr. Alfred Octavius Bonati, a self-described pioneer in back microsurgery that requires no general anesthesia or hospital stay according to his website, finds himself at the center of four medical malpractice cases at the Department of Health. All have recently been brought before the Florida Board of Medicine in Deerfield Beach. A recent article on WUSF Health News Florida reported that the cases involve past surgeries of four patients, some of which have happened as long as 11 years ago. The...

By Tod Aronovitz | 04/15/15 | 0 Comment READ MORE

McNeil Pleads Guilty, Accepts $20 Million Criminal Fine, for Contaminated Children’s Medicines
McNeil-PPC Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, entered a guilty plea in Federal District Court in Philadelphia as a result of its production of contaminated infants’ and children’s over-the-counter liquid drugs, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. McNeil also agreed to pay a $20 million criminal fine and forfeit $5 million. According to case documents against McNeil, the medicines were adulterated because they were not manufactured, processed, packed or held i...

By Tod Aronovitz | 03/23/15 | 0 Comment READ MORE

Medicaid Brain Tumor Patients have Worse Outcomes than Private Insurance Counterparts
A recent study by the University of Florida’s Department of Neurological Surgery in Gainesville has uncovered some unsettling findings for Medicaid patients who have brain tumors, notes Miami medical malpractice lawyer Tod Aronovitz. Researchers looked at nationwide data from 566,346 hospital admissions involving brain tumor cases during the period between 2002 through 2011. They discovered patients with private insurance fared much better across the board than patients on Medicaid or who we...

By Tod Aronovitz | 03/16/15 | 0 Comment READ MORE