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An Update on Connecticut Patient Safety


Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 01, 2016 in Personal Injury

quality of careA recent newsletter published by the Connecticut Center for Patient Safety highlighted a number of important pieces of information for individuals in Connecticut, including recently released five-star hospital quality ratings and a potentially influential lawsuit involving injuries from the generic version of Paxil.

Connecticut Hospitals Rank Lower on National Scale

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings for hospitals across the country. Based on each hospital’s performance in 64 areas, including emergency room wait times and frequency of hospital-acquired infections, the organization compiled a score for each on a five-star rating scale.

These ratings are meant to aid consumers when choosing the best hospital. According to the CMS, researchers have found that facilities with more stars tend to have lower readmission rates, indicating a better quality of care.

Of the 31 Connecticut hospitals included in the ratings system, none received five stars. Only one, Backus Hospital located in Norwich, received four stars. Nationwide, only three percent of hospitals receive five stars and just 26 percent receive four stars. Another seventeen state hospitals received three stars, nine received two stars and one received one star.

According to the Connecticut Center for Patient Safety, these results indicate that the state’s hospitals have work to do to improve their quality of care.

Can Branded Drug Makers Be Held Liable for Generic Drug Injuries?

An Illinois technicality has allowed a lawsuit to progress against GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Paxil, on behalf of a woman whose husband committed suicide after taking the drug’s generic counterpart, Paroxetine, made by Mylan.

Mylan is protected from legal action because of an FDA rule that requires generic drugs to follow the same labeling and warning language as their branded counterpart. However, this lawsuit is garnering significant attention because it is the first of its kind to go before a jury in attempts to hold a branded drug maker liable for injuries resulting from a generic drug.

Personal Injury Lawyers Committed to Patient Safety

The personal injury lawyers at D'Amico & Pettinicchi have been long-time supporters of the Connecticut Center for Patient Safety. As staunch advocates for protecting the safety and rights of patients, both of our missions closely align. If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of inadequate care or a defective drug, we can help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve.

Contact us today for a free consultation by calling (866) 848-7077.