Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: March 11, 2013

IN THE NEWS


After Report of Death, FDA Suspends Pediatric Clinical Trials of Sensipar, a Calcium Reducer

The FDA has stopped all pediatric clinical trials of Sensipar (cinacalcet hydrochloride) after the recent death of a 14-year-old patient in a trial. The FDA continues to gather information on the circumstances surrounding the patient’s death. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


First Report of Secondary and Tertiary Transmission of Vaccinia Virus Occurrence After Sexual Contact with a Smallpox Vaccinee

In 2002, the U.S. Department of Defense resumed smallpox vaccination for designated military personnel, civilian employees, and contractors. The smallpox vaccine licensed for use in the United States contains live vaccinia virus. The CDC Laboratory Response Network supports a nonvariola Orthopoxvirus test that can identify vaccinia and other nonvariola orthopoxviruses in clinical specimens. Click title to continue reading...



King Arthur Flour Voluntarily Recalls Certain 5-lb. Bags of Unbleached Flours for Possible Presence of Small Blue Polyurethane Balls

King Arthur Flour recalled a limited number of its bags of flour due to the possible presence of small (7-9 mm) blue polyurethane balls that are used in the sifting process. The balls have a smooth surface and no sharp edges and are made from food grade material. Click title to continue reading...



See’s Candies Divinity Easter Egg with Walnuts Recalled Due to Possible Unmarked Life-Threatening Allergen

See’s Candies recalled one code of 1.7 ounce Divinity Easter Egg with Walnuts because some boxes labeled Divinity with Walnuts may actually contain Peanut Butter Eggs. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


DOJ and Medicare Fraud Strike Force Announce Owners of Miami Home Health Companies Sentenced to Prison and Fined in $48 Million Fraud Scheme

The owners and operators of two Miami health care agencies were sentenced to prison and ordered to pay millions in restitution for their participation in a $48 million home health Medicare fraud scheme that billed for unnecessary home health care and therapy services. Click title to continue reading...



Relief for Emotional Distress Caused by Being Served and Touching, But Not Consuming, Hamburger Contaminated With Restaurant Employee's Bodily Fluid

A sheriff's deputy, while on a break, drove his marked police cruiser to a Burger King restaurant drive-thru in Vancouver, Washington. Two employees who have criminal records were working that shift but there was no supervisor on duty. Click title to continue reading...



Tennessee Holds Management Company Liable for Wrongful Death Due to Failure to Adequately Staff Assisted Living Facility

A resident of an assisted living facility presented to her doctor with constipation, and the doctor prescribed the woman an over-the-counter laxative to be taken once daily. The nursing staff at the assisted living facility failed to administer the medicine as frequently as prescribed. The resident returned to her doctor complaining of constipation. Click title to continue reading...