Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: December 17, 2012

IN THE NEWS


Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets Recalled Due to Potential for Liver Toxicity, Extreme Sedation, or Respiratory Depression

Qualitest, a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions, issued a voluntary nationwide recall for 101 lots of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg. Bottles from the affected lots may contain tablets that have a higher dosage of acetaminophen. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Recall of Life Pulse High-Frequency Ventilator Patient Circuits Due to Electrical Problem Possibly Resulting in Injury or Death

Bunnell Incorporated is voluntarily initiating a nationwide recall notification of Life Pulse High-Frequency Ventilator Patient Circuits. A complete list of Lot numbers affected by the recall is identified in the recall notice and on Bunnell’s website. Click title to continue reading...



Protandim Dietary Supplement Recalled Due to Possible Metal in Product

LifeVantage Corporation announced a voluntarily recall of Protandim, the Nrf2 Synergizer dietary supplement. The Company is taking this action due to the possible inclusion of small metal fragments in the final product. Click title to continue reading...



Important Change to Heparin Container Label Required to State Total Drug Strength and Avoid Medication Errors

The manufacturers of Heparin Lock Flush Solution, USP and Heparin Sodium Injection, USP have been required by the FDA to clearly state the strength of the entire container of the medication followed by how much of the medication is in 1 milliliter (mL). Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Chain of Causation Not Broken Between Worker’s Accident and Death from Ingestion of Alcohol and Pain Medications

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries filed a petition for review of the decision of the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals that reversed the denial by an industrial appeals judge of the application by a worker's widow for survivor benefits after the worker died from ingestion of alcohol in combination with medications prescribed to treat pain symptoms from a work-related injury. Click title to continue reading...



Vicarious Liability Was Proper Theory for Negligence of Hospital Personnel from Inadequate Ventilation to Angioplasty Patient During “Code Blue”

A patient filed a medical malpractice action against a physician in connection with the collapse of a blood vessel during an angioplasty procedure performed by the physician at a hospital. The trial court entered judgment on a jury verdict in favor of the defendants, and the patient appealed. Click title to continue reading...



Summary Judgment Precluded in Adoptive Parent’s Malpractice Action for Failure to Report Emergency Visit to Child Services for Abuse Investigation

An adoptive mother, as the parent and legal guardian of a child, brought an action against a doctor and medical center alleging that the doctor had committed medical malpractice by failing to report the child's emergency room visit to the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services. Click title to continue reading...