Medical Risk Law Weekly News

Week of: February 13, 2012


Pfizer Recalls Contraceptives Due to Possible Inexact Tablet Counts or Out of Sequence Tablets

Pfizer Inc. announced that it voluntarily recalled 14 lots of Lo/Ovral®-28 Tablets and 14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets (generic) for customers in the U.S. market.


FDA Approves New Drug for Most Common Type of Skin Cancer

Erivedge (vismodegib) was approved by the FDA to treat adult patients with basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer.

FDA Announces Clostridum Difficile-Associated Diarrhea (CDAD) Associated With Stomach Acid Drugs

The use of stomach acid drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be associated with an increased risk of Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea the FDA stated.

Vitaflo Announces Recall of Renastart Pediatric Medical Food Due to Health Risk

Vitaflo USA announced a voluntary recall of Renastart 14.11 oz cans because some of the product shipped throughout the United States has been incorrectly labeled.


ERISA Plan Administrator May Disregard SSA and Treating Physician’s Disability Determinations

A ERISA plan administrator was not bound by findings that a plan participant who suffered from various medical conditions was completely disabled and unable to return to work made by both the Social Security Administration and the participant’s primary treating physician.

Physician’s Failure to Treat Prisoner’s Hepatitis B Did Not Violate Constitution

The court held that a physician’s failure to treat a prisoner’s Hepatitis B after receiving the results of a liver biopsy constituted a difference of medical opinion and that even if medical malpractice had occurred, this does not equal a Constitutional violation.

State Tort Claims Against Civilian Contractor in Iraq for Employee Injuries Barred by Defense Base Act

Iraqi insurgent attacks against a United States military supply-truck convoy constituted “intentional acts by third parties due to (the decedents’) employment” bringing claims by survivors of civilian drivers killed in the attacks within the coverage of the Defense Base Act.