Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 22, 2012

IN THE NEWS


FDA Action Against 4,100 Internet Pharmacies Selling Dangerous and Illegal Drugs

The FDA, in partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, took action against more than 4,100 Internet pharmacies that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved drugs to consumers. Actions taken include civil and criminal charges, seizure of illegal products, and removal of offending websites. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Nationwide Recall of All NECC Products and FDA "Do Not Use" Advisory

As of October 18, 2012, 257 cases of fungal meningitis in16 states have been reported to the CDC, including 20 deaths. On Oct., 15, as a result of the FDA, CDC, and state health departments’ ongoing investigation of contamination at the New England Compounding Center’s (NECC) Framingham, Massachusetts facility (as previously reported to you in Scalpel Weekly News), the FDA advised providers to not use any NECC products. Click title to continue reading...



Extensive Recall of Peanut Butter and Related Products Due to Multistate Salmonella Contamination Expanded to Include Raw and Roasted Peanuts

Sunland extended its recall (reported to you in the Oct. 1 Scalpel Weekly News) to include raw and roasted shelled and in-shell peanuts processed in its peanut processing plant because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Specifically, the recall is being extended to include raw and roasted peanuts, both in-shell and shelled, which were processed in Sunland’s peanut processing plant located in Portales, New Mexico, and which are within their current shelf life or have no stated expiration date. Click title to continue reading...



Hospira Lactated Ringer's And 5% Dextrose Injection Recalled Due to Mold Contamination

One lot of Hospira’s Lactated Ringer’s and 5% Dextrose Injection, USP, 1000 mL, Flexible Container, NDC 0409-7929-09 is being recalled due to one confirmed customer report where a leak was identified in the primary container between the cobra cap and fill-tube seal and a spore-like structured particulate, consistent with mold, was noted in the solution. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Treating Physician’s Unsupported And Contrary Opinion Need Not Be Considered In Social Security Disability Claim

A man applied for Social Security disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income under the Social Security Act. The administrative law judge (ALJ) denied his claim, which the district court affirmed. The man appealed arguing that the mental residual functional capacity (RFC) assessment of his treating physician was not properly considered. Click title to continue reading...



Examining Psychologist’s Out of Date and Internally Inconsistent Opinions Can Be Given Less Weight than Non-Examining Psychologist’s Opinions

A man applied for Social Security disability insurance benefits under the Social Security Act. The administrative law judge (ALJ) denied his claim, which the district court affirmed. The man appealed arguing that the ALJ improperly rejected the views of the examining psychologists while crediting the views of the non-examining doctors when assessing his disability. Click title to continue reading...



Emergency Triage Assessment Not a Medical Screening Exam Under Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act

A man went to a hospital emergency room and was found to be suffering from a subdural hematoma. Surgery was performed and the man was discharged six days later. Four days later he returned to the ER complaining of a severe headache. After various tests were performed, he was discharged because his condition was determined to be non-emergent. The next day he was taken to an ER at another hospital, where it was determined that the surgical site was infected. Click title to continue reading...