Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: April 29, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Not Sterile Drugs Quarantined and Recalled; Risk of Serious Infection

The FDA advised health care providers and hospital staff to immediately check their medical supplies and quarantine any sterile products from ApotheCure, Inc. or sterile lyophilized products from NuVision Pharmacy. These products were produced under conditions that could create a high potential for contamination and should not be administered to patients. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Potential 50,000 Blood Glucose Meters Recalled Due to Inaccurate Low Readings and Risk of Serious Injury or Death

At extremely high blood glucose levels of 1024 mg/dL and above, the FreeStyle lnsulinx Meter will display and store in memory an incorrect test result that is 1024 mg/dL below the measured result. This inaccurately low reading could delay emergency treatment leading to serious injury or death. Click title to continue reading...



Medical Bed Mattress Damaged or Worn Covers Pose Risk of Contamination and Infection from Blood and Body Fluids

Over a two year period, the FDA received 458 reports associated with medical bed mattress covers failing to prevent blood and body fluids from leaking into the mattress. Some reports indicate that if blood and body fluids from one patient penetrate a mattress, they can later leak out from the mattress when another patient is placed on the bed. Click title to continue reading...



Infections from Two Foodborne Germs – Campylobacter and Vibrio – Significantly Increased in 2012

The nation’s annual food safety report card, issued by the CDC, is out. It shows that 2012 rates of infections from two germs spread commonly through food have increased significantly when compared to a baseline period of 2006-2008, while rates of most others have not changed during the same period. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Professional Liability Insurer Must Defend and Indemnify Obstetrical Practice in Breach of Contract Action due to Failure to Pay Into Birth Injury Fund

Virginia’s Birth Injury Fund is a statutory structure creating a no-fault source of compensation for families whose children suffer birth-related neurological injuries when delivered by a participating physician or hospital. Physicians or hospitals voluntarily pay into the fund, which operates in lieu of civil suits for medical malpractice.  Click title to continue reading...



Private Medicare Advantage Organization Plan Cannot Sue Participant’s Survivors for Advanced Medical Expense Reimbursement from Car Insurance Proceeds

A man walked through a parking lot, was struck by a car, and was injured. The man was hospitalized. He later died from his injuries. The man was a participant in a Medicare advantage organization (MAO) plan, which paid his hospital and medical bills. Click title to continue reading...



72 Month Prison Term for Conspiring to Distribute Prescription Drugs Not Prescribed by a Doctor Over Unlicensed Internet Pharmacy

A Florida woman was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to serve 72 months in prison, followed by 24 months of supervised release, for operating and facilitating the operation of an Internet-pharmacy business that illegally shipped over $1.5 million of pharmaceuticals since July 2007 to U.S. and overseas purchasers. Click title to continue reading...