Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: July 15, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Hepatitis B Vaccine Recalled Due to Cracked Vials

Merck recalled Hepatitis B Vaccine (Recombinant), Adult Formulation,10 ug/ml, due to a number of cracked vials. The lot- J001183- was distributed by Merck between March 12, 2013, and May 2, 2013. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Blood Pressure Medicine Label Adds Intestinal Problems

In a safety announcement, the FDA warns that the blood pressure drug olmesartan medoxomil (marketed as Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor, Tribenzor, and generics) can cause intestinal problems known as sprue-like enteropathy. Click title to continue reading... 



Birth Control Pill Recalled - Placebo in Row of Active Tablets

 Sandoz is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall to the retailer level of one lot of its Estarylla (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) tablets, following a customer report of a placebo tablet present in a row of active tablets on one pack. Click title to continue reading...



Prescription Painkiller Overdose Deaths Rise Among Women

It’s an increasingly common story. A woman found in her home, dead of a prescription drug overdose. It happens about 18 times a day in the U.S. Prescription painkiller overdoses are an under-recognized and growing problem among women. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Res Ipsa Application to Femoral Nerve Injury After Knee Surgery

A woman underwent knee surgery and after the surgery she suffered from a femoral nerve injury. She sued the surgeon under a theory of res ipsa loquitor. The surgeon filed a motion for summary judgment arguing that the femoral nerve injury was idiopathic, thus, not caused by the negligence of anyone and occurred outside of surgery. Click title to continue reading...



Athlete’s Cumulative Injury Partially Sustained in CA Not Compensable in CA

A retired professional football player suffered 46% permanent disability and a need for future medical treatment. He applied for workers’ compensation in California. Click title to continue reading...



Hospitals Pay $34k to Settle False Medicare Claims

Fifty-five hospitals located throughout twenty-one states have agreed to pay the United States a total of more than $34 million to settle allegations that the health care facilities submitted false claims to Medicare for kyphoplasty procedures, the Justice Department announced today. Click title to continue reading...