Uterine Morcellation News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Filing of New Lawsuit Alleging Storz Power Morcellator Is Unsafe
New York, New York (PRWEB) January 12, 2015
Power morcellator lawsuits (http://www.morcellatorlawsuit2015.com) continue to be filed in U.S. courts on behalf of women who allegedly experienced the spread of gynecological cancers due to uterine morcellation, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. Most recently, morcellator manufacturer Karl Storz was named a defendant in a complaint filed on December 23, 2014, in the U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, which alleges the companys Storz Rotocut GI Morcellator is unsafe for its intended use. (Case No. 2:14-cv-04839-RMG)
According to the morcellator lawsuit, the plaintiff underwent a supra-cervical hysterectomy in December 2011 to remove a uterine fibroid. Following the surgery, it was determined that the fibroid was actually a rare and aggressive form of uterine cancer. The complaint alleges that the Storz morcellator potentially disseminated the cancer cells into the plaintiffs peritoneal cavity as it shred her uterine tissue. This potential dissemination worsened her long-term prognosis for the course of this cancer, the lawsuit alleges.
Our Firm is investigating a number of claims on behalf of women who are also alleged to have experienced the spread of dangerous gynecological cancers due to power morcellators. Considering the amount of attention this issue has garnered over the past year, we are not surprised to see these types of filings. We will continue to monitor this growing litigation with great interest, says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is providing free legal consultations to women who were diagnosed with advanced uterine cancers following uterine morcellation.
Uterine Morcellation and Cancer
Power morcellators like the one at the center of this lawsuit are used to cut up uterine tissue during hysterectomies and fibroid removal procedures in order to allow its removal through a small abdominal incision. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been reviewing the association between uterine morcellation and cancer since April, when it first discouraged the use of power morcellators in hysterectomies and fibroid removal procedures due to their potential to disseminate undetected malignancies beyond the uterus.* On November 24th, the agency issued a second alert that warned against the use of the devices in most women, and asked power morcellator manufacturers to add a new black box warning the strongest possible safety notice regarding this life-threatening complication to their labels.
The FDAs most recent communication noted that the prevalence of unsuspected uterine sarcoma in patients undergoing hysterectomy or fibroid removal surgery is 1 in 352, while the prevalence of unsuspected uterine leiomyosarcoma is 1 in 498. Both of these estimates are higher than the clinical community previously understood. Among other things, the agency pointed out that it is difficult to screen for these malignancies prior to surgery, and that the dissemination of cancer cells during uterine morcellation can upstage the disease and greatly reduce a womans chances for long-term survival.
Court documents indicate that the lawsuit filed last month against Karl Storz is just one of numerous brought in U.S. courts since the FDA began investigating the cancer risks associated with power morcellators. For example, a complaint filed on December 3, 2014, in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, alleged that the use of one of Ethicon Inc.s Gynecare morcellators during a hysterectomy resulted in a womans death due to the rapid upstaging of uterine cancer. (Case 4:14-cv-01074-JTM) In October 2014, a similar complaint was filed in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California on behalf of a woman who allegedly experienced the spread of uterine cancer due to a Gyrus Power Morcellator. (Case No. No. 2:14-2375)
Alleged victims of uterine sarcoma or other cancers allegedly spread via power morcellation may be entitled to compensation for their injury-related damages. To learn more about filing a morcellator lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website. To obtain a free legal review, please call 800-511-5092.
*fda.gov/medicaldevices/safety/alertsandnotices/ucm393576.htm, FDA, April 17, 2014
About Bernstein Liebhard LLP
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993. As a national law firm, Bernstein Liebhard LLP possesses all of the legal and financial resources required to successfully challenge billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As a result, our attorneys and legal staff have been able to recover more than $ 3 billion on behalf of our clients. The Firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the Plaintiffs Hot List, recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country, for the past 12 consecutive years. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is the only firm in the country to be named to this prestigious list every year since it was first published in 2003.
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Aurora, Colo. (PRWEB) December 02, 2014
Like many other young adults, Richard Asher loved pizza in his 20s so much so that he dreamed of owning his very own pizza restaurant. Now, years later, Asher is finally able to make that dream a reality with his purchase of an existing Pudge Brothers Pizza franchise location.
Prior to taking the plunge into franchise ownership, Asher worked at a home improvement store for 27 years, holding almost every job imaginable. But he wanted something more out of his career and decided to put his decades of experience to the test by branching out on his own.
I wanted to control my own earning potential, Asher explained. As a business owner, he enjoys not having to answer to anyone but himself, and the freedom he has to spend more time on his hobbies, including camping and biking.
Asher called upon small business financing firm Guidant Financial to help him fund his franchise. Using an alternative method known as a Rollover for Business Start-up, he leveraged his retirement funds to invest in his new business without taking a taxable distribution.
[Working with Guidant was] very easy, Asher said of the financing process. [They] handled every step of the way and kept me on track to get the purchase done in less than a month.
Asher is now quick to endorse 401(k) rollovers as a leading method to buy a business. If you want to pursue [owning] your own business and you have retirement funds then I would recommend utilizing Guidant to get you there.
More than just a pizza restaurant, Pudge Brothers Pizza is a community-oriented business that focuses on the core values of respect, neighborhood support, consistency and friendliness. Aside from its hand-tossed dough and fresh ingredients, Pudge Brothers also offers many other delicious menu options to satisfy any appetite, including sub sandwiches, ribs, burgers, chicken, Stromboli, Italian dinners and more.
Pudge Brothers Pizza in Aurora, located at 4034 S. Parker Rd., is open for business. To learn more about their menu, call 303-680-1116 or order online at pudgebrosquincy.com.
About Pudge Brothers Pizza
Founded in Denver, Pudge Brothers Pizza combines quality, values and award-winning appeal. With its three sauces, homemade recipes, fresh ingredients and hand-tossed dough made daily from scratch, Pudge Brothers offers a combination that cant be beat. In fact, Pudge Brothers Pizza was voted better than other national chains in a recent Rocky Mountain News taste test. Learn more at pudgebrotherspizza.com.
About Guidant Financial
Guidant Financial helps people create the life they want through innovative small business financing. They are the premier provider of rollovers for business start-ups (ROBS). Guidant's services allow people from all walks of life the freedom to purchase small businesses and franchises using their retirement funds without taking a taxable distribution or getting a loan, in addition to offering traditional funding options such as SBA loans, portfolio loans and unsecured credit. Visit Guidant on the Web at guidantfinancial.com.
London, UK (PRWEB UK) 25 November 2014
Old meets new in the banking space as FC Business Intelligence announces its line-up of attending organisations at the Customer Analytics and Insights in Retail Financial Services networking summit. Fifty attendees are already registered to attend coming from a diverse range of companies like Knab Bank, Virgin Money, Swedbank, the Cooperative Bank, Barclays, Raiffeisen Bank, Lloyds and many more.
For news on the line up of attendees, go here http://bit.ly/1zRW450
This year Virgin Money has moved even further in to the retail banking space by offering current accounts (LoveMoney, https://www.lovemoney.com/news/31618/virgin-money-launches-first-current-account). This is certainly not the first of the new financial offerings to enter the market over the past few years.
Two of the UKs biggest retailers have exploded on to the banking scene with M&S Bank and Sainsburys Bank. Metro Bank has started up as the first new high street bank in over 100 years. Newest arrivals Paragon Bank and Axis Bank have also emerged as new contenders to the market.
Across the waters, continental Europe is not being left behind with Netherlands-based Knab Bank and Germany-based Fidor Bank both internet banks standing in the spotlight as new, innovative and trendy.
Competition in banking is fiercer than ever moving in to 2015. The battle to reduce churn and focus on new onboarding strategies has led financial services in an epic race to the bottom.
In a recent survey 77% agreed that their organisation has changed significantly over the past 5 years to accommodate for improved data and analytics functionality (FC Business Intelligence, http://www.customer-analytics-in-finance.com/media-centre.php).
Meeting this rivalry face on, the Customer Analytics and Insights in Retail Financial Services networking event (http://www.customer-analytics-in-finance.com/index.php) puts this changing banking scene under the microscope. It analyses the nuts and bolts underpinning the successes being made using data and analytics to better corroborate marketing and digital platforms.
UK Supermarket giants, Tesco Bank has also not been shy to claim its territory in this space since its arrival over 7 years ago. Earlier this year, John Halpin, Head of Customer Analytics joined the inaugural event where he sat amongst a variety of players including AIB Bank, BNP Paribas, Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander. He commented that he saw awide variety of topics and debate [and] new useful insights at the show.
The question must be raised, what can new banks do that old ones cant? The event will bring together new financial players to speak about their emergence on to the scene and will look at what traditional players are doing to counter their challengers.
About FC Business Intelligence
FC Business Intelligence has been around for over 20 years and provides news, reports and events services across 30+ industry verticals. Our Financial Services Analytics department has now run several different events including a US and UK version Banking and Insurance Analytics events which have been extremely well received across the banking sector.
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Medicaid Expansion Spurs Enrollment, Premium Revenue Increases in First Half of 2014, New AIS Report Finds
(PRWEB) September 11, 2014
After several years in development, the expansion of the Medicaid program is now showing real results. Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) the industry-leading publisher of Medicare Advantage News, AIS's Medicare and Medicaid Market Data: 2014 and the authoritative AISs Directory of Health Plans has analyzed the latest available data on Medicaid expansion efforts in Medicaid Expansion: Mid-Year 2014 Results, a new report that provides a thorough picture of how the Medicaid market is shaping up right now.
With data comparing Medicaid enrollment stats from the June/July timeframe to the beginning of 2014, analysis in Medicaid Expansion: Mid-Year 2014 Results has found:
Enrollment in all Medicaid programs, including SCHIP and other related programs, is up nearly 11% nationally during the first half of 2014.
21 managed care companies have entered the Medicaid market for the first time in states with Medicaid expansion programs.
In total, existing plans that increased enrollment in Medicaid expansion states have gained more than 3.9 million members, and these new members represent 5% of the total managed Medicaid membership in these states.
Based on a sample group, premium revenue is up by an average of 10.2%.
Through clearly presented charts, tables and narrative summaries, Medicaid Expansion: Mid-Year 2014 Results makes it easy for users to:
Compare changes in Medicaid enrollment between participating states and non-participating states to help quantify outcomes.
Analyze the expanding or shrinking market share by state, by company or by county and see how new Medicaid plans are faring.
Learn which companies have earned the most market share in each state and how they have balanced new revenue opportunities with increased operational spending.
Determine the percentage of a participating states population that is enrolled in Medicaid, and how that number has changed over the first half of 2014.
Understand which counties in each state are experiencing the greatest enrollment increases.
Identify the top issues for states that arent participating in Medicaid expansion, and the potential cost savings they are missing.
Assess the financial impact for companies that made investments or acquisitions to enter certain state Medicaid markets in anticipation of expansion.
Understand the extent to which Medicaid expansion is actually resulting in greater enrollment and premium revenue for plans operating in those states.
The research and data tracking in Medicaid Expansion: Mid-Year 2014 Results is conducted by AISs in-house Directory & Databases division, which works exclusively for AIS to collect the latest available Medicaid enrollment per company, state and county. Sources are state Medicaid agencies and Medicaid managed care organizations.
For more information, including a full table of contents, visit http://aishealth.com/marketplace/medicaid-expansion-results.
About Atlantic Information Services
Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) is a publishing and information company that has been serving the health care industry for more than 25 years. It develops highly targeted news, data and strategic information for managers in hospitals, health plans, medical group practices, pharmaceutical companies and other health care organizations. AIS products include print and electronic newsletters, websites, looseleafs, books, strategic reports, databases, webinars and conferences. Learn more at http://AISHealth.com.