Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: September 09, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Stryker Spine OASYS Midline Occiput Plate Recalled; Risk of Implant Fracture

Stryker Spine of Allendale, NJ, has received reports indicating post-operative fracture of the pin that connects the tulip head to the plate body. This may cause serious adverse health consequences including blood loss, nerve injury, and the need for revision surgery to replace the fractured implant. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FDA Investigating Rare Brain Infection in Patient Taking Gilenya

The FDA is alerting the public that a patient in Europe diagnosed with possible multiple sclerosis (MS) has developed a rare and serious brain infection after taking the drug Gilenya (fingolimod). Click title to continue reading...



Williams-Sonoma Sauces Recalled For Unlisted Allergens

Four flavored sauces have been recalled due to the failure to list the following allergens on the product labels: milk, soy, and/or wheat. Click title to continue reading...



200,000 Heart Disease and Stroke Deaths Preventable

More than 200,000 preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke occurred in the United States in 2010, according to a new report from the CDC. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Service of Expert Report on Anesthesiologist Before Service of Process Is Compliance

A woman died shortly after undergoing a splenectomy. The deceased patient's husband, individually and as personal representative of his wife's estate, filed suit under the Texas Medical Liability Act (TMLA) against the anesthesiologist alleging that the anesthesiologist's medical negligence resulted in the wife's death. Click title to continue reading...



Internist Cannot Testify on Standard for Neurosurgeon Providing Post-Neurosurgery Care

A woman presented to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital (UAB Hospital) complaining that she had been suffering from severe headaches for approximately two weeks. A CT scan of her brain revealed the presence of a large unruptured intracranial aneurysm on the ophthalmic artery. Click title to continue reading...



Prison and Fine for Health Care Solutions Network Manager

A former office manager at the defunct health care provider Health Care Solutions Network Inc. (HCSN) was sentenced to serve 68 months in prison for her role in a fraud scheme that resulted in more than $63 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare and Florida Medicaid. Click title to continue reading...