Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: August 26, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Incorrect Labeling of Drugs Sent to Hospital Inpatient Pharmacies

Aidapak Services LLC is conducting a voluntary recall of specific unit dose repackaged products sent to 25 hospital inpatient pharmacies in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona. These products were recalled to the hospital/user level after learning of possible incorrect labeling which could involve over the counter, prescription, and dietary supplement products. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Intravascular Administration Sets Recalled; Potential for Blood Bag Puncture

Hospira Inc. recalled its intravascular administration sets manufactured from July 2011 through February 2013 and distributed from July 2011 through February 2013. Click title to continue reading... 



Warning of Permanent Nerve Damage From Antibacterial Drugs

The FDA has required the drug labels and Medication Guides for all fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs be updated to better describe the serious side effect of peripheral neuropathy. Click title to continue reading... 



Binge Alcohol Use Causes Large Economic Burden

Excessive alcohol use causes a large economic burden to states and the District of Columbia, according to a new study released by the CDC. Excessive alcohol use cost states and D.C. a median of $2.9 billion in 2006, ranging from $420 million in North Dakota to $32 billion in California. This means the median cost per state for each alcoholic drink consumed was about $1.91. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Unlicensed School Personnel Permitted to Administer Medications

Approximately one in 400 school-age children nationwide has diabetes, including about 14,000 in California. Diabetic students who depend on insulin injections typically need them during the school day, both at regularly scheduled times and unpredictably to correct for fluctuations in blood glucose. Click title to continue reading... 



Failure to Warn Patient Not to Drive on Medication

A woman was in a car accident and at the accident scene the woman overheard the driver of the other car say she should not have been driving due to a medical condition. Later, the woman received a letter that had been sent to the county prosecuting attorney's office from the driver’s physician stating that the driver's medical conditions and medications could have played a role in the accident. Click title to continue reading...



Home Health Operators Get Prison and Fines for Fraud Scheme

The owner of South Louisiana Home Health Care Inc. and the director of nursing for the Louisiana home health agency were sentenced for their roles in a Medicare fraud scheme involving the payment of kickbacks and the falsification of documents. Click title to continue reading...