Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: January 07, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Use of Xyrem with Alcohol or Drugs Causes Potentially Deadly Breathing Problems

The FDA has renewed its announcement to healthcare professionals and patients that the combined use of Xyrem (sodium oxybate) with alcohol or central nervous system (CNS) depressant drugs can markedly impair consciousness and may lead to severe breathing problems (respiratory depression).  Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Graduated Driver Licensing Reduces Leading Cause of Death for Teens: Motor Vehicle Crashes; CDC Releases 50-State Survey

Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than older drivers to be in a fatal crash. Graduated driver licensing programs (GDL) have consistently proven to be effective at reducing the crash risk for beginning drivers, including teens. Click title to continue reading...



Reumofan Plus Relabeled and Sold as WOW Contains Ingredients That May Cause Serious Injury and Death

The FDA is warning the public that the potentially harmful product Reumofan Plus, marketed as a dietary supplement, is being relabeled and sold under the name “WOW.” The product is being marketed to treat arthritis, muscle pain, osteoporosis, bone cancer, and other conditions. Click title to continue reading...



Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief Recalled Due to Contamination with Burkholderia Cepacia, an Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Matrixx Initiatives voluntarily recalled one lot of Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief nasal gel after the manufacturer found a small amount of Burkholderia cepacia in a single sample of the product taken from the affected lot. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Four-Year Statute of Repose for Medical Negligence Claims Does Not Violate Ohio Constitution’s “Right to Remedy” Provision

Laboratory tests indicated a man had elevated liver enzymes. His doctor did nothing in response to these laboratory tests. The man stopped being treated by the doctor. Click title to continue reading...



Actual and Apparent Agency Are Not Separate Claims for Res Judicata and the Prohibition Against Claim-Splitting But Are Part of Duty Analysis

A boy broke his leg and underwent surgery to repair the leg. During surgery, he vomited and aspirated the vomit into his lungs. This caused cardiac arrest which resulted in an anoxic brain injury. Click title to continue reading...



No Error When Jury Instruction Did Not Allow Apportionment of Liability Among Hospital’s Insurer and Doctors Who Settled in Prior Case

A boy suffered from seizures due to lesions on the right temporal lobe of his brain, and underwent surgery to remove the lesions. The surgeon mistakenly began operating on and removed tissue from the left side of the boy’s brain. Click title to continue reading...