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Justices block generic drug liability lawsuits

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that generic drugmakers cannot be sued under state law for adverse reactions to their products, a decision that consumer advocates called a blow to patient safety. Full story

Survive your hospital stay with patient checklist

After her father experienced numerous hospital missteps, Elizabeth Bailey developed "The Patient's Checklist," a book of 10 checklists that address many of the essentials for a hospital stay. Full story

My Pharmacist the Robot: New Tech Reduces Prescription Errors

A family of giant robots is now counting and processing medications for patients at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. These robots that prepare and track medications at the new automated hospital pharmacy — believed by UCSF to be the nation's most comprehensive — sh Full story

1 in 7 Medicare patients harmed at hospitals

Medicare's new chief called for more steps to improve patient safety Tuesday, in the wake of a government report that said one in seven hospitalized Medicare patients is harmed during their stay. Full story

Surgery error leads doc to public mea culpa

Dr. David C. Ring, a Boston surgeon, described in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine how a series of personal and systemic mistakes led him to conducting the wrong surgical proceedure on the hand of a 65-year-old woman. Full story

Surgery checklist saves lives, VA hospitals report

Answering basic questions from surgery checklists — and involving everyone as a team, even patients — saved lives in Veterans Affairs hospitals, according to one of the most rigorous studies of patient safety in the operating room. Full story

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