In light of the recent government shutdown and partial lapse in funding for the CDC and FDA, we thought it beneficial to post a reminder about ongoing health alerts as well as mass litigation proceedings we track. As a premier medical record retrieval provider, MEDRECS routinely monitors food safety announcements and other warnings published by the CDC. We often find ourselves gathering records for parties both pre-litigation and during litigation.
One current outbreak being monitored is cyclosporiasis, a parasite that causes intestinal infections. Public health officials allege that this parasite can be traced back to a salad mix produced by Taylor Farms de Mexico and resold in restaurants throughout the southern United States, Iowa and Nebraska. There have been over 600 cases reported in 25 states, resulting in 45 hospitalizations. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported. The widespread nature of the outbreak suggests that not all cases of the parasite are related to each other or can be traced to a common source. An investigation is ongoing. Despite this outbreak, the CDC encourages everyone to continue eating vegetables and leafy greens as part of a healthy and balanced diet.
At MEDRECS, we also monitor mass tort litigation proceedings. SSRI litigation (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors), connecting SSRIs to birth defects, has been ongoing for several years now. In 2010, GlaxoSmithKline, maker of the SSRI Paxil, agreed to settle over 800 lawsuits for over $1 billion. Now, SSRI litigation appears to be heating up again. Over the summer a new lawsuit appeared in Pennsylvania alleging a connection between birth defects and the use of the SSRI Zoloft during pregnancy. Hundreds of similar federal cases from around the country could join the multi-district litigation which is set in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. We will be tracking the development of these cases.
When your law firm, company, or governemnt agency finds itself involved in a mass tort proceeding, you can count on MEDRECS as your medical records partner. Our experience and success on large volume high-profile cases is unmatched and our turnaround time for production of records is industry best. We have worked for the pharamceautical industry, government, healthcare industry, and for parties to numerous food-bourne illness lawsuits, gathering thousands of medical records under strict deadlines.
Medical record retrieval is simultaneously one of the most important and most cumbersome and confounding aspects of mass litigation. Coordinating, tracking, and managing the complex job of mass record retrieval on these cases can be quite painstaking indeed. For this reason, law firms, insurance companies, class-action administrators, and government agencies involved in litigation greatly benefit from the outsourcing of record retrieval.
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