Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: April 21, 2012

IN THE NEWS


FDA Finds Heightened Blood Clot Risk from Birth Control Pills Containing Drospirenone

The FDA has completed its review of recent observational (epidemiologic) studies regarding the risk of blood clots in women taking drospirenone-containing birth control pills. Based on this review, the FDA has concluded that drospirenone-containing birth control pills may be associated with a higher risk for blood clots than other progestin-containing pills.


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Argatroban Injection Recalled Due to Potential Visible Particulates

Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc., supplier to The Medicines Company, issued a recall of all four lots of Argatroban Injection, 50 mg per 50 mL from the market due to a potential for visible particulates.



Ceramic Wine Goblets Recalled Due to Excess Leachable Lead and Cadmium

Enesco, LLC announced that it is recalling the ONIM “Any Wine Will Do” ceramic wine goblets, SKU # 4026171. Enesco is recalling the goblets because, through its internal compliance and independent laboratory product testing program, it became aware that the wine goblets may exceed the Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) guidance levels for leachable lead and cadmium.



Frozen Raw Yellowfin Tuna Product Recalled Due to Potential Salmonella Infection

The Nakaochi Scrape AA and AAA from MMI was sold through distributors to restaurants and grocery stores that make sushi, and has been linked to an outbreak of 116 cases of Salmonella Bareilly in multiple states.


  CASE ALERTS


No Workers' Comp for New Injuries from Collision Received Leaving the Doctor Treating the Original Work-related Injury

An injured employee sought workers' compensation benefits for injuries resulting from an automobile collision that occurred while leaving a doctor’s appointment for treatment of a work-related injury. The employee was being driven by a transport service paid for by the employer.



No Workers’ Comp for Injuries from Collision While Driving from Public Road Onto Employer’s Driveway

An employee injured in an automobile collision while turning from a public road into his employer’s gravel driveway, which served as the only entrance to the employer's facility, sought workers' compensation benefits for his injuries.



Illinois Ambulance Driver Not Immune from Liability for Brain Injury Resulting from Collision

In a case of first impression, an appellate court held that the Illinois Emergency Medical Services System Act (“EMS Act”) does not immunize drivers of emergency transport vehicles, such as ambulances, from liability to third parties injured due to the EMS driver’s negligence.