Coming up next week is an issue that affects all Americans who take any kind of drug- virtually all of us.
The case is Wyeth v. Levine and it will be before the U.S. Supreme Court on November 3rd. Now a prestigious medical journal is taking the side of consumers, which puts them squarely against the pharmaceutical industry. That’s a rare position for doctors to take.
In this case, Diana Levine, 62, was given a Wyeth drug for a migraine after she was taken to an emergency room. The Wyeth drug was a secondary drug given to minimize nausea. Now Levine wishes she had opted for the nausea. Read the rest »
NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, issued new rules this week that will improve the nation’s 474,000 school buses. Seat and shoulder belts will be required on small school buses. The requirement will also change seat backs making them four inches higher to 24 inches in all new buses.
Seats must also come equipped with safety latches that can be flipped up or removed without resorting to special tools. That’s the good news.
But there is a huge gap here. What about the large school buses that most children ride in? NHTSA has not resolved that question, despite the fact that all of the research shows that children would be made safer. Read the rest »