Monthly Archives: August 2014

Drug Recalls Surge in 2014

Pharmaceutical companies can recall drugs for a variety of reasons: defective packaging, contamination of a product and concerns about sterility to name a few. Once the company announces the recall, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies the action based on potential danger to the public, ranging from Class I to Class III. Recalls have surged in recent years, but 2014 is already on track to see the most pharmaceutical recalls in a decade. Recalls issued in the last two years (2,061) almost exceed the previous nine years combined (2,217), and we are still in August. The biggest rise is in Class II recalls, which “may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences.” Other classifications stay consistent, but Class II recalls have made up more than 75 percent of all drug recalls for the last several years. It is difficult to pinpoint a cause for the surge, but it…
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Why Does South Carolina Constantly Rank At the Bottom in Bicycle Safety?

Columbia Injury Attorneys Talk Bicycle injury statistics are hard to come by, partly because police in many states don’t bother to file a report if the cyclist isn’t seriously injured. In some states, reports get filed only if a person is seriously injured or the motor vehicle sustains damage serious enough that it must be towed. Only a fraction of bicycle crashes are ever recorded by the police—possibly as few as 10 percent. Despite knowing that these numbers are underreported, the National Safety Council estimates that in 2012, as many as 49,000 bicyclists were injured and 726 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles. The total annual cost of bicyclist injuries and fatalities is over $4 billion. The emotional cost is far higher. How Does South Carolina Fare for Cyclists? Sadly, South Carolina ranks among the worst states for cyclist fatalities. In Charleston alone, only about two and a…
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Does South Carolina Favor Drunk Drivers?

According to a study by 24-7 Wall Street, South Carolina ranks third in the country for drunk-driving fatalities, which caused more than 360 deaths in 2012. South Carolina also ranks 20th in DUI arrests. Why Are There So Many Drunk Drivers in South Carolina? Highway authorities are anxious to discover why drunk driving is such a problem in South Carolina. While some critics blame underage drinking and reckless tourists, others say the problem lies in South Carolina’s incredibly lax drunk-driving laws. If a police officer has probable cause to believe a driver is under the influence, South Carolina’s “implied consent” law allows the officer to test his blood, breath and urine for alcohol or drugs. Drivers who continue to refuse the tests have their licenses automatically suspended for six months. After the arrest, drivers can get a temporary license or contest the suspension. That loophole is the reason more than…
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