If the only company with a robotic system approved for soft tissue procedures in the United States was expecting a strong endorsement of its product by a prominent physicians group, it got exactly what it didn't want to hear recently, namely this: According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Intuitive Surgical Inc's da Vinci robot system is comparatively costly and no better than other alternatives for uterus removal, prostate surgery, gall bladder removal and other surgeries.
When it becomes obvious that a drug or medical device is defective and is hurting people, it is of course expected that issues of product liability and personal injury damages be focused on the manufacturer involved. After all, the company made the product, was tasked with testing it and receiving regulatory approval for its use, and has a duty to ensure that it is safe for consumers.
In the continuing and tragic saga surrounding the mass meningitis outbreak across the country, one predominant theme is beginning to solidly emerge, namely this: bad faith on behalf of the New England Compounding Center (NECC) coupled with hospital negligence displayed by numerous facilities.
It's more than just a bit ironic, and probably as close to being a nightmare as it gets for parents. Imagine you have an infant son or daughter being specially treated, monitored and cared for in the extra protective environment of a neonatal intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital ... and then your child is exposed to tuberculosis while inside the ICU.
It was a tragic case of what was seemingly an eminently treatable condition and preventable medical harm that escalated into something quite different -- a nightmare for a family and young boy brought about solely through the medical malpractice of hospital personnel.
Seemingly, it might be reasonable to assume that a medical staff's failure to identify and treat excessive lead exposure in children would be an act of hospital negligence or medical malpractice.
It may not be hospital negligence or an act of medical malpractice committed by a physician that harms a patient, but an insurers' bad-faith and fraudulent acts in overbilling the Medicare and Medicaid programs serve equally to undermine health care in the United States.
In the aftermath of the tragic shooting at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (Western Psych), many hard questions are being asked.