Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 21, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Acute Hepatitis from Dietary Supplement

The FDA along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) are investigating a growing number of reports of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii linked to products labeled OxyElite Pro. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Automatic Ventilation May Fail on Anesthesia Machines

Specific Fabius anesthesia machines manufactured by Dräger were recalled as a result of an internal investigation into devices that did not pass the high voltage test portion of the final production test. Click title to continue reading... 



Leukemia Drug May Cause Serious Blood Clots

The FDA is investigating an increasing frequency of reports of serious and life-threatening blood clots and severe narrowing of blood vessels of patients taking the leukemia chemotherapy drug Iclusig (ponatinib). Click title to continue reading... 



Multi-State Outbreak of Drug-Resistant Salmonella

The CDC is collaborating with public health and agriculture officials in many states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infections. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Grief Damages Not Available in Wrongful Death; DC Not VA Law

A man died shortly after a surgical procedure at The Washington Hospital Center (WHC) in the District of Columbia. Individually, and on behalf of his estate, the man’s daughter brought a diversity action against WHC and the doctor who performed the surgery alleging that her father's death was due to their negligence. Click title to continue reading... 



Cardiologist Conclusions Insufficient for Phen/Fen Benefits

A class member under the Diet Drug Nationwide Class Action Settlement Agreement with Wyeth sought benefits from the settlement trust. To qualify for benefits from the trust, a claimant had to demonstrate a reasonable medical basis to support the claim. Click title to continue reading...



Botox Doctor Charged with Fraud and Money Laundering

A federal grand jury in Chattanooga, Tennessee, returned a 35-count indictment against a doctor from McDonald, Tennessee, for wire fraud, mail fraud, health care fraud and money laundering. Click title to continue reading...