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GranuFlo Lawsuits Move Forward in Federal Court, With Issuance of Protective Order for HIPAA Information, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports


New York, New York (PRWEB) July 24, 2014

The federal judge overseeing thousands of GranuFlo lawsuits ( in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, has issued a qualified protective order for plaintiff medical information covered by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. According to the July 16th Order, U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock has granted attorneys for Fresenius Medical Care the right to receive HIPAA- protected information. However, neither defense counsel nor their staff may discuss such information with plaintiffs’ treating physicians, and they may only disclose the information in accordance with case management orders. Finally, the Order stipulates that any health information must be returned or destroyed once the GranuFlo recall litigation concludes. (In re Fresenius GranuFlo/Naturalyte Dialysate Litigation, MDL No. 2428)

“Our Firm is representing a number of GanuFlo lawsuit plaintiffs in this proceeding, and we have been monitoring this matter closely,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free GranuFlo lawsuit evaluations to dialysis patients who allegedly suffered cardiac arrest, heart attacks, stroke, sudden cardiac death or other side effects within 72 hours of a dialysis treatment involving the use of GranuFlo or NaturaLyte dialysis drugs.

GranuFlo Recall Litigation

Court documents indicate that more than 1,940 lawsuits have been filed in the District of Massachusetts on behalf of dialysis patients who allegedly experienced serious cardiovascular events due to the administration of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dialysis concentrates. All of the lawsuits pending in the federal litigation similarly allege that Fresenius failed to provide adequate warnings regarding the risks associated with GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, and that the company continued to aggressively market the products even once it became aware of those risks.

Both GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care, and are administered to kidney failure patients to remove toxins from the blood during dialysis treatments. In March 2012, Fresenius issued an Urgent Product Notification for both products that warned of dosage issues that could cause dialysis patients to suffer serious and catastrophic heart side effects. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) ultimately granted Class I recall status to the Urgent Product Notification, which indicates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte posed a risk of serious injury and death.

In addition to the cases pending in the District of Massachusetts, additional GranuFlo and NaturaLyte lawsuits have been consolidated on the state level in the Massachusetts’ Middlesex County Superior Court. Filings indicate that more than 3,900 claims are pending in that proceeding. (In re: Consolidated Fresenius Cases, No. MICV2013-03400-O).

Individuals who were allegedly harmed by GranuFlo or NaturaLyte may be entitled to file their own GranuFlo lawsuit. To learn more about filing a GranuFlo recall claim, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website, or the Firm’s Facebook page: For additional information, and to arrange for a free case review, please call 800-511-5092.

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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Transgender and counseling

Posted in Counseling by on the July 29, 2014
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For a person struggling with gender issues counseling can be a bewildering experience. While educated and sensitive counseling can be supportive and valuable, many transgendered individuals have been misunderstood, manipulated, and abused by counselors. Some counseling continues to promise a “cure” for transgender tendencies, unethically exploiting the vulnerability of people desperate to find peace in a complex and disturbing predicament. Some counselors assure a prospective transgendered client that they have experience in working with these issues when they have actually had little or none—in a misguided belief that transgender issues are like any other existential life questions. There are even a few counselors—under the aegis of religion—that promise help but actually provide mind controlling and even abusive techniques in an attempt to fulfill religious dictum. Some counselors with massive credentials seem to work poorly with transgender folk even though they may have been providing this care for some time, while other counselors with few credentials seem to be highly effective. And then there is the new question to face, to talk to a counselor who transgendered her/himself or to one who is not transgendered?

Qualities of an Effective Counselor

about diagnosis…
There are many benefits that effective counseling can offer. An experienced counselor should be able to fairly quickly help you distinguish between transgender and a mental disorder that appears to be transgender but is actually not. This should not take six months or three months or even (usually) one month to do. An experienced therapist should be able to provide an evaluation (with or without supportive testing) in from one to six hours of work. Additional time needed for evaluation should be provided only with a clear explanation of why the additional time is required. Therapists who string transgender clients along for months and even years in an endless quest to discover the “correct” diagnosis are at best practicing unethically and at worst being greedy and opportunistic. They would not even consider treating a non-transgender client in this manner.

about considering challenges…
An effective counselor should be able to assist a transgendered person in considering the implications of gender transition, neither encouraging nor discouraging the person as they make life changing decisions. For this the counselor must have adequate experience with the requirements, pitfalls, challenges, and questions the individual is likely to face in a transition process. The counselor must also be comfortable with assisting individuals with potentially disturbing life decisions.

and finding competent resources…
An effective gender counselor should be able to assist the individual in finding other resources—medical, paramedical, legal, deportment, speech, wardrobe, financial, etc.—that will assist in whatever transition process the client has chosen. While the counselor should and would not provide information related to costs of these services (and should not benefit financially by referring you), relative costs and requirements should be available. For instance, a gender counselor should be able to help a client in making the decision between the various types of permanent facial and body hair removal (electrolysis, thermolysis or blend, waxing, epilite, laser, etc.).

and deciding on alternatives…
A gender counselor should also be able to assist individuals in exploring realistic alternatives to gender transition. This requires creativity, flexibility, and the capacity to envision resolution when there seems to be no good answer. This can also result in the need for ongoing supportive counseling for lengthy periods of time, perhaps the remainder of the lifespan. Counselors who can only focus on short-term solution oriented therapies are not good candidates. Unfortunately this is precisely the current trend in counseling.

for families…
Some counselors are equipped to provide marital and family counseling services, either themselves or through professional associates to help spouse, parents, children and other family members deal with the changes that are occurring or will occur. An increasing number of couples in married or committed relationships are electing to stay together during and even after a gender transition. A gender therapist should be able to provide support to the couple and the family system. In cases where the couple are separating the therapist should also be able to be supportive and assist in locating legal and financial advice.


Tushar Virani

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Depression, High Blood Pressure, Fatigue?

Posted in Bipolar Disorder by on the July 28, 2014
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(PRWEB) February 20, 2014

We’re hearing and learning more about it. The rise of OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) in communities is at a staggering high. It’s estimated nearly 100 million people have OSA, a disorder which causes the breath to cease during sleep, some experiencing up to a minute without breath. What’s more dangerous than actually having the disorder? The side effects associated with OSA span from depression, high blood pressure, fatigue, higher risk of heart attack and stroke, memory loss, as well as irritability and even death. Dental Sleep Medicine education company, Sleep Group Solutions, provide training to dentists offering treatment for snoring and sleep apnea.

With OSA awareness becoming more prevalent, doctors and companies like Sleep Group Solutions are taking a stand on the fight against OSA. Advanced technology, education, in office training and leading industry seminars-Sleep Group Solutions is helping dentists treat patients with OSA. Doctor partnerships, such as that with Dr. Tache from Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers in Wisconsin, help to raise awareness and lower the dangerous side effects of OSA. “When we help our patients breathe without obstruction, we see vast improvements in their health. Those suffering with symptoms of depression, anxiety, fatigue and blood pressure problems seem to drastically decline, if not disappear,” says Dr. Tache on successfully treating OSA to overcome other health issues.

Like many dentists, Dr. Tache began to incorporate Sleep Medicine after patients began to express problems with their CPAP. He noticed a strong correlation between patients with TMD problems (Orofacial and TMJ pain) and disorders of sleep. It compelled Dr. Tache to seek additional education on the matter, and he attended a Sleep Group Solutions Dental Sleep Medicine Seminar.

Dr. Tache has treated many patients with OSA. One patient in particular proved the severity of OSA and its side effects, if remained untreated. “A woman was referred to me for TMJ.  She had been previously diagnosed with Bi-Polar Depression, and mentioned awakening with severe jaw, head, and neck pain. After treating her with appliances, she would get a little better, but still in pain and experiencing even more uncontrollable depression.” Dr. Tache went on to suggest the patient seek a sleep study, as there had to be an undiagnosed sleep and breathing problem. The patient complied, and the results proved she had OSA (severe level). She was urgently treated by Dr. Tache with advanced technology (Eccovision Airway Acoustics: SGS). “This treatment brought her apnea down to safe levels, and nearly eliminated her depression as well as extreme fatigue. She later told me her depression was most likely due to her severe untreated obstructive sleep apnea. She is a most grateful patient,” Dr. Tache explains.

Thanks to the efforts of Sleep Group Solutions and dental partnerships such as Dr. Tache, the treatment of OSA is more readily available, and dentists across the country are stepping up to help those in need. For more information on sleep apnea, and information on how to attend an SGS seminar, please log onto

About Dr. Daniel Tache

A native of Salem, MA, Dr. Tache has been practicing dentistry since 1975. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH, and his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1974. For 16 years, Dr. Tache was in private practice in Houston, TX and served as a guest lecturer and assistant clinical professor at the University of Texas Dental Branch. During that time, he trained dentists in the field of tempromandibular dysfunction and orofacial pain. In 1999, he moved to Wisconsin and has placed the emphasis of his practice on the diagnosis and treatment of orofacial pain and TMD in Appleton, Green Bay and Manitowoc. Dr Tache continues to lecture locally and worldwide with large seminars such as; Medtrade, Sleep Societies, and Sleep Group Solutions on the subjects of orofacial pain, sleep apnea and the pivotal role now placed by the qualified dentist in the management of these serious modalities.

About Sleep Group Solution

Sleep Group Solutions is an airway diagnostic technology company serving the needs of physicians and dentists interested in screening, diagnosing and treating sleep apnea and other upper airway disorders. Sleep Group Solutions offers the latest screening and diagnostic equipment solutions for patients with allergy, sinus congestion, rhinitis, deviated septum, nasal polyps, snoring and sleep apnea. SGS offers the most comprehensive dental sleep medicine CE seminars in the industry focused on teaching dentists the protocols needed to make the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea part of their practice. Sleep Group Solutions offers sleep study interpretation, oral appliances (Norad Boil & Bite, Respire), online directory and online marketing for CPAP Intolerant patients. SGS is the manufacturer of the Eccovision Systems Rhinometer and Pharyngometer, and offers Home Sleep Testing devices from Watermark Medical.

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Baron and Budd Now Involved in Risperdal Lawsuits

Posted in Bipolar Disorder by on the July 27, 2014
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DALLAS (PRWEB) February 21, 2014

The national plaintiffs’ law firm of Baron and Budd announces that it is now handling lawsuits relative to the drug Risperdal. Risperdal is prescribed to treat children, adolescents and adults with schizophrenia. Baron and Budd lawyers are working with males who allegedly suffered breast enlargement after taking the drug.

Risperdal, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993 to treat adult schizophrenia. It was approved for the treatment of bipolar I disorder in children and adolescents in 2007. However, in 2006, the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology published a study stating that male adolescents taking the drug were at a higher risk of suffering enlarged breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia. (

The study states that the drug can substantially increase prolactin levels in male adolescents. Prolactin is a hormone that is more closely associated with milk production in females. Heightened prolactin levels in males can lead to the development of gynecomastia, which can result in humiliation and severe psychological trauma. In many instances, doctors recommend surgical procedures – ranging from liposuction to mastectomy – to treat the condition.

In 2003, Johnson & Johnson submitted a study to the FDA to get approval for Risperdal use in children and adolescents. However, there are questions regarding whether or not the study understated the potential for the drug to elevate prolactin levels.

In August 2012 Johnson & Johnson settled a lawsuit alleging illegal marketing of Risperdal. (United States ex rel. Kammerer v. Abbott Labs,. et al, Case No. 05-11518, District of Massachusetts; United States ex rel. Lisitiza v. Pfizer, Inc., Bristol Myers Squibb Co., and Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc., No. 07-10288, District of Massachusetts)

“We will work to protect the rights of patients and fight to make sure Johnson & Johnson is held accountable,” said Russell Budd, managing director of national law firm Baron and Budd. “Pharmaceutical companies are not above the laws that are meant to protect patients.”

If you or someone close to you has suffered adverse effects after taking Risperdal, contact the Risperdal lawyers with Baron and Budd at 866-472-9108 or email us at If you would like to learn more about Risperdal, visit our website at

About Baron & Budd, P.C.

With a history of over 35 years “Protecting What’s Right” for individuals, communities, and governmental entities, Baron and Budd is a well-established law firm devoted to making a positive difference. With offices in Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles and Baton Rouge, Baron and Budd is able to take on complicated and expensive cases within the realms of dangerous drugs and medical devices, asbestos-related illnesses, consumer fraud, water contamination, the Gulf oil spill and fraudulent financial practices.

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NFCC Offers Consumers Five Steps to Finding $1,000 for Holiday Spending

Posted in Counseling by on the July 26, 2014
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Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 21, 2014

The 2014 holiday season is a short five months away, yet many are financially unprepared to begin shopping. In recent years, Americans spent an average of $ 800 on holiday-related expenses. That’s more than a week’s wages for many workers, and in spite of the fact that the December holidays are an annual event, people routinely neglect planning for them and resort to charging their purchases.

Consider the ramifications of this lack of planning: If a shopper charges $ 1,000 and makes only the minimum monthly payment of 2 percent of the balance at an Annual Percentage Rate of 18 percent, it will take 12 years to pay off the debt. Think of it this way – the ghost of Christmas past will haunt until 2026. Further, this generous consumer will have paid a total of $ 2,353 for the $ 1,000 worth of goods and services purchased.

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC) proposes a better plan. Since debt is a gift no one wants, the NFCC suggests five steps that consumers can put in place now in order to have money available for holiday spending and create a debt-free holiday.

    Before trimming the tree, trim everyday spending. Review current spending looking for leaks. Plug those leaks and use the found money for holiday spending. Amount saved by December 25 at $ 1 per day: $ 150.
    Adjust the W-4 to accurately reflect the amount of taxes owed. The average income tax refund in recent years has been close to $ 3,000, but Uncle Sam only returns that money in April, long after the holiday bills should have been paid. Amount saved by December 25 at $ 250 per month: $ 1,250.
    Commit to shaving $ 10 off 10 spending categories. Some obligations such as rent, mortgage and car payments are fixed. However, there are other categories that offer a great deal of flexibility. Cut back $ 10 each month on categories such as food, clothing, gas, utilities, and entertainment without feeling deprived. Amount saved by December 25 at $ 100 per month: $ 500.
    Sell unused items. Since others are also shopping, this is the perfect time of year to sell items that haven’t been used in one year. Amount saved by December 25: $ 100.
    Open a separate holiday savings account. Don’t mingle the holiday money with existing savings or checking accounts, as it could easily get spent on other items. Amount saved by December 25: $ 1,000.

“If you’re still paying for holiday spending 2013, consider rethinking your gift giving for this year,” said Gail Cunningham, spokesperson for the NFCC. “It makes no financial sense to pile new debt on top of old. Kindness and experiences are meaningful substitutes for purchased gifts, and are remembered long after the wrapping paper and bows have been discarded.”

Find answers and solutions to your financial concerns by reaching out to an NFCC member agency. To be automatically connected to the agency closest to you, dial (800) 388-2227, or find an agency online at


The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), founded in 1951, is the nation’s largest and longest serving national nonprofit financial counseling organization. The NFCC’s mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and build capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services. NFCC Members annually help millions of consumers through more than 600 community-based offices nationwide. For free and affordable confidential advice through a reputable NFCC Member, call (800) 388-2227, (en Español (800) 682-9832) or visit Visit us on Facebook:, on Twitter:, on YouTube: and our blog:

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Posted in Counseling by on the July 22, 2014
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Counseling fine-tunes the intimacy and autonomy which is a sure appearance in all relationships.

Counseling Values

Counseling tailors the move toward the requirements of the client, addressing issues and the personality of the being.  We call it unique since it is based on private values and faith systems.  Counseling gives attention to personal values that is surely considered essential for the development of the entity and in turn the community at large.  Counselors are able professionals who influence the society in which we dwell, standing by the clients while decision-making that often have a life altering result. 

One of the most successful Christian counseling organizations on today’s date is the JC Christian Counseling that has the three-fold insight on human thinking, feelings, and behavior. It provides a depth to the cause behind our thoughts. 

Individual’s outlook is the primary indicator that something is not right in the personality “system”. Individuals may not be conscious of defective reasoning that gave ascend to the current collapse that brought them to the counselor.  Belief systems lead to sentiment, thoughts and actions.  These responses may be an indication or a pre-cursor that leads to inappropriate deeds.

Feelings and Values in Counseling

Individual counseling is the behavior connection flanked by thinking and feelings.  Mind-set of apprehension, grief and anxiety build the want for a comeback that exhibits in behavior, privately or socially.  Behavior is aggravated to fabricate a change in the operating method.  Now when the responsive behavior based is on irrational beliefs and flawed emotions it can manifest with possibly harmful negative outcomes.  However in cases this negative attribute might be a symptom that brings awareness of the need for a subtle change.  Children may pop up reflecting inattentiveness which in turn should be interpreted as that the child is struggling with an issue in his unexpressive mind.  The counselor prepares to suggest or explore trends as a part of the larger image.  The counselor remains watchful to behaviors and emotions that present themselves from the individual as prospective insight into interpretations and thought patterns of happenings.  There is thus a sincere significance, on the role of values in counseling.

A considerate approach to the behaviors and of course the emotions that no longer is functional for the individual provide the counselor a basement for analyzing the latent belief schemas, systems and suppositions, if any.  With this modus operandi, emotional health can be reinstated through changing maladaptive views, removing negative distortions or biases in thoughts, and taking the individual towards greater stability in their performance and personality. 

Relationship Counseling

Clients who go through counseling have issues that are often unknown to the counselors.

Now every issue can be zeroed in to:

·   You do not know what you want. 

·   You know what you want, though not how to get it

Providing compassionate indulgence through the beginning stages of the mounting relationship and during hard phases of change provides the client with a feeling of empathy during a process where there may be little hold up in another place.

Counselors here are congruent and genuine time and again providing indisputable and unbolt advice to the client without becoming kind for the sole reason of generous feeling or comfort with the client.  Distress and Pain are not inevitably negative and are often a impending source of insight ready for innovation.

Providing clients with respect for their suffering and pain, and offering optimistic regard in areas of worth, helps to avow an individual’s bright sense of self and provide trust for the future.  Counselors help to elucidate and shrink ambiguity by providing a balanced view. 

Not all but the pioneer in Christian counseling- JC Christian Counseling takes intensive concern on the above discussed issues. Wish you a happy hearted life!


 Dr. Lee holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Christian Counseling from New burgh Theological Seminary.She attained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of Akron.


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Posted in Bipolar Disorder by on the July 21, 2014
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