Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: December 31, 2012

IN THE NEWS


Isovue (Iopamidol Injection) Pre-Filled Power Injector Syringes Recalled Due to Presence of Particulates

Nine lots of Isovue (iopamidol injection) Pre-Filled Power Injector Syringes (Isovue PFS, to be used in combination with Stellant® CT Injection Systems) are subject to a Class I recall due to the presence of visible particles in syringes observed at the end of standard stability studies on retained samples. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Earliest Flu Season Since 2003-2004 Plus H3 Predominant Strains Point to Severe Flu Year

Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States across most key indicators over the threshold that suggests that the flu season has started. Generally, flu peaks in January. The increase in late November and early December indicates that the peak will be reached at least a month earlier than usual. Click title to continue reading... 



Fatal Skin Reactions After Combination Treatment with the Hepatitis C Drugs Incivek (Telaprevir), Peginterferon Alfa, and Ribavirin

The FDA received reports of serious skin reactions, some fatal, in patients taking the hepatitis C drug Incivek (telaprevir) in combination with the drugs peginterferon alfa and ribavirin. This three-drug combination is known as Incivek combination treatment. Click title to continue reading... 



FDA Approves Raxibacumab to Treat Inhalational Anthrax

The FDA approved raxibacumab injection to treat inhalational anthrax, a form of the infectious disease caused by breathing in the spores of the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


In California, Misdirected Malpractice Claim Can Proceed Only If Actually Received by Clerk, Secretary, Auditor, or Board of Local Public Entity

A woman underwent surgery at a medical center owned and operated by a county. In the recovery room, the woman complained of pain in her left leg, which was blue and cold to the touch. Click title to continue reading... 



Indiana Supreme Court Clarifies Pre-Trial Interest Statute Requirements and Trial Court's Discretion to Award

An infant underwent surgery, and two days later he died. His mother sued the doctor who performed the surgery for medical malpractice. The original suit was voluntarily dismissed without prejudice. Click title to continue reading... 



Under Louisiana’s Malpractice Act for State Services the Claim Dismissal, Not Patient's Compensation Fund Notification, Starts 90-day Grace Period

A man underwent a kidney transplant, but died a week later. The decedent’s wife filed a medical malpractice complaint with the Division of Administration requesting a medical review panel on the last allowable day, exactly one year from the man’s death. Click title to continue reading...