Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 08, 2012

IN THE NEWS


Extensive Recall of Peanut Butter and Other Products with Nuts and Seeds Due to Multistate Salmonella Contamination

Sunland expanded its initial recall of Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products (reported to you in the Oct. 1 Scalpel Weekly News) to include Cashew Butter, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


CDC Study Shows Nearly One Million High School Teens Drink and Drive Each Year

Nearly one million high school teens drank alcohol and got behind the wheel in 2011. Teen drivers are three times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal crash. Click title to continue reading...



FDA Campaign Aims to Protect Consumers from the Risks of Fake Online Pharmacies

The FDA launched a national campaign to raise public awareness about the prevalence of fraudulent Internet pharmacies, which can be dangerous to patient health, and to help consumers make safe purchases. Click title to continue reading...



FDA Approves New Treatment for Advanced Colorectal Cancer

The FDA approved Stivarga (regorafenib) to treat patients with colorectal cancer that has progressed after treatment and spread to other parts of the body (metastatic). Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Institutional Review Board’s Records Regarding Evaluating and Improving Care Protected From Discovery Despite Including Lay Persons

A woman underwent back surgery at the defendant hospital. During the procedure, the surgeon used a combination of two medical products: a putty to promote bone growth and a bone void filler. As this combination of medical products was experimental, the hospital's institutional review board (IRB) was required to review and approve the use of the putty before the surgeon could use it. Click title to continue reading...



Defendant Must Show Claim Was Filed Beyond Statutory Time Limit After Plaintiff Discovered that Course of Treatment, Not Specific Procedure, Was Negligent

A woman’s colon was perforated during a colonoscopy. The doctor who performed the colonoscopy and others in his practice group performed a series of operations to treat the perforation and resulting infection. The woman’s condition worsened. Click title to continue reading...



Vaccine Act Preempts State Law Wrongful Death Claims of Parents of Dead Child Against Manufacturer Based on Design Defect and Failure to Warn

A child died after receiving a vaccine manufactured by the defendant. The child’s parents filed a claim with the government fund created by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act and received $250,000 compensation. The child’s parents then filed a wrongful death claim in a Nevada state court under Nevada state law alleging negligent design and failure to warn. Click title to continue reading...