Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: May 28, 2012

IN THE NEWS


Generic Versions of Blood Thinner Plavix Approved by FDA

The FDA approved generic versions of the blood thinning drug Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate), which helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by making it less likely that platelets in the blood will clump and form clots in the arteries.


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FDA Strengthens Monitoring of Post-Approval Drug Safety

The safety of FDA approved drugs has been given the same priority as premarket drug review.



FDA Guidance on Indoor Tanning: The Risks of Ultraviolet Rays

Sunlamps and tanning beds promise consumers a bronzed body year-round, but the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from these devices poses serious health risks.



FDA Revises Drug Safety Recommendations for Cardiovascular Monitoring and Use of Multiple Sclerosis Drug Gilenya (Fingolimod)

Gilenya (Fingolimod) is an oral medication for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) in adults. It is used to reduce the frequency of flare-ups (clinical exacerbations) and to delay the progression of the physical symptoms of MS.


  CASE ALERTS


Fellow Servant Immunity Bars Suit Against Crew Chief Who Crashed Car Driving Crew To Oil Drilling Site

The surviving spouse of an oil worker killed in an automobile collision while being driven to work by the chief of his oil drilling crew brought an action against the driver. The crew chief claimed fellow servant immunity under the Workers’ Compensation rule that an injured employee cannot sue a fellow employee for damages incurred during the course of the employment.



Texas Chiropractors May Not Perform Needle Electromyography or Manipulation Under Anesthesia

Chiropractors in Texas are authorized by the state legislature to perform nonsurgical, non-incisive procedures including spinal adjustment and manipulation. Chiropractors who are not licensed medical doctors may not perform procedures that do not fall within this category.



Nursing License May Be Revoked Based on a Single DUI

A licensed nurse involved in a one-car collision while driving home from a party was subsequently convicted of driving with a blood alcohol level in excess of the legal limit.