Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: March 25, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Nationwide Recall of All Medprep Consulting Compounded Products Due To Potential Mold Contamination Possibly Resulting in Fatal Infections

Med Prep Consulting, Inc., is voluntarily recalling all lots of all products compounded at its facility. The recall resulted from the pharmacy being notified by a Connecticut hospital, that it observed visible particulate contaminants in 50 ml bags of intravenous solution labeled “MAGNESIUM SULFATE 2GM IN DEXTROSE 5% IN WATER, 50ML FOR INJECTION.” Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Traumatic Brain Injury is Serious Public Health Issue: Every Year 1.7 Million Experience TBI Causing Death, Permanent Disability, Significant Injury

Each year, traumatic brain injury (TBI) contributes to a substantial number of deaths and permanent disability. At least 1.7 million TBIs occur either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries. Click title to continue reading...



Azithromycin (Zithromax or Zmax) Can Cause Abnormal Changes in Heart’s Electrical Activity That May Lead to a Potentially Fatal Irregular Heart Rhythm

The FDA is warning the public that azithromycin (Zithromax or Zmax) can cause abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart that may lead to a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm. Click title to continue reading...



Guardian II and Guardian II NC Hemostasis Valves Recalled Due to Air Leakage Potentially Leading to Deadly Air Embolism

Guardian II and Guardian II NC hemostasis valves are used in catheterization procedures. Specific lots of the hemostasis valves have been recalled because they pose a slightly increased risk of air leakage that may lead to an air embolism, which could result in serious injury or death. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Justice Department Settles with Ohio Hospital Over HIV Discrimination

The Justice Department announced that, as part of its Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative, it has reached a settlement with Glenbeigh Hospital of Rock Creek, Ohio, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The settlement resolves allegations that Glenbeigh violated the ADA by denying admission to someone because of HIV.  Click title to continue reading...



Arizona Law Requiring Expert Testifying in Medical Malpractice Action Specialize in Same Specialty as Treating Physician Held Constitutional

A seventeen-year-old girl was treated for blood clots by a doctor. The girl died. Her father brought a wrongful death action against the doctor, the doctor’s spouse, and the doctor’s employers. Click title to continue reading...



Court Erred in Directing Final Judgment Without Fact Finding in Case About Adding Sales Tax to Invoices for Medical Records Requested for Legal Action

A woman requested her medical records from her medical care provider. A private company had a contract with the medical care provider to fulfill requests for medical records. The private company obtained and sold copies of the requested medical records to the woman.  Click title to continue reading...