Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: May 20, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Whole Foods Reverses Labels On Chicken and Vegan Products Resulting in Recall for Undisclosed Soy and Egg Allergens

Whole Foods Market recalled bulk curried chicken salad and bulk vegan curried chick'n salad because in some stores these items may have been sold with reversed labels causing undisclosed soy and egg allergens. Specifically, the vegan chick'n salad contains soy, and the curried chicken salad contains egg. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Stolen Before Sterilization Covidien Surgical Stapler Reloads Are Unsterile, May Increase Infection Rate in Surgical Patients

The FDA informed Healthcare professionals, especially surgical clinicians, hospital and ambulatory surgery center managers, operating room managers, and inventory management personnel that Coviden Endo GIA Articulating 60-3.5 Surgical Stapler Reloads with lot number N3B0165LX are unsterile. Although labeled as sterile, they were stolen from the manufacturer prior to product sterilization. Click title to continue reading... 



Lack of Sterility Assurance of Drug Products from The Compounding Shop of St. Petersburg, Florida Forces Recall

The FDA alerted health care providers, hospital supply managers, and pharmacists that the FDA’s preliminary findings of practices at The Compounding Shop of St. Petersburg, Florida raise concerns about a lack of sterility assurance for sterile drugs produced at and distributed from this site. Therefore, these products should not be administered to patients. Click title to continue reading...



Only Half of Americans with Hepatitis C Receive Follow-Up Testing, May Still Have Deadly Infection

Only half of Americans identified as ever having had hepatitis C received follow-up testing showing that they were still infected, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis of data from a multi-area study. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Tennessee Medical Malpractice Act Limitations Extension Did Not Apply in Negligence Case Against County Hospital Under Government Tort Liability Act

A boy suffering from abdominal discomfort was admitted to a county hospital. Eleven days later the boy died. The boy’s parents sued the county hospital for medical malpractice alleging that its nurses’ negligence caused their son to suffer a severe anoxic brain injury, aspiration pneumonia, sepsis, and cerebral edema. Click title to continue reading... 



Physician’s Duty to Warn Patient of Danger of Driving Not Extended to Third Party Motor Vehicle Accident Victim, Patient had Seizure Causing Crash

A patient was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. A physician treated his condition. Fourteen months after the tumor was diagnosed, the tumor caused the patient to suffer a grand mal seizure while driving. He lost control of his vehicle and struck another man who was exiting a vehicle. Click title to continue reading... 



Generic Drug Manufacturer Pleads Guilty, Paying $500 Million to Resolve False Claims Allegations, cGMP Violations, False Statements to FDA

In the largest drug safety settlement to date with a generic drug manufacturer, Ranbaxy USA Inc., a subsidiary of Indian generic pharmaceutical manufacturer Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, pleaded guilty today to felony charges relating to the manufacture and distribution of certain adulterated drugs made at two of Ranbaxy’s manufacturing facilities in India. Click title to continue reading...