Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: February 27, 2012

IN THE NEWS


McNeil Announces Recall of Infant Tylenol Due to Dosing System Complaints

McNeil Consumer Healthcare is voluntarily recalling, at the wholesale and retail levels, seven lots, approximately 574,000 bottles, of Infants’ Tylenol Oral Suspension, 1 oz. Grape distributed nationwide in the United States. Infants’ Tylenol is an over-the-counter (OTC) product indicated as a pain reliever/fever reducer.


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Risk of Choking or Serious Injuries from Spinbrush Powered Toothbrush

The FDA issued a warning about reports of serious injuries and potential hazards associated with the use of all models of the Spinbrush toothbrush.



FDA Approves First Therapy For Diabetic Patients with Endogenous Cushing’s Syndrome

The FDA approved Korlym (mifepristone) to control high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) in adults with endogenous Cushing’s syndrome who have type 2 diabetes or glucose intolerance and are not candidates for surgery or who have not responded to prior surgery.



FDA Approves Zioptan To Treat Elevated Eye Pressure a Risk Factor for Glaucoma

The FDA approved Zioptan (tafluprost ophthalmic solution) to help reduce elevated eye pressure in people with open-angle glaucoma.


  CASE ALERTS


Neurologist’s Recommendation that DMV Reinstate Epileptic’s License Is Privileged

Plaintiffs who were severely injured in a car collision with a driver who suffered an epileptic seizure while driving sued the driver and his neurologist, alleging that the neurologist had recommended to the DMV that the driver’s previously suspended license be reinstated.



Claim Alleging Medical Assistant Failed to Prevent Patient Fall Off Examination Table Sounds in Ordinary Negligence

A medical assistant’s failure to take steps to prevent a patient from falling off an examination table while administering an injection alleged a claim for ordinary negligence, rather than medical malpractice.



Blood Draw Statute Violation Testimony Not Precondition to Jury Instruction In Malpractice Action Against Clinic

A driver who was injured in a single-car accident shortly after having blood drawn for a glucose tolerance test, sued the clinic where the blood was drawn, alleging that allowing the plaintiff to leave the clinic in an obviously unwell state was medical malpractice.