Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 28, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Vascular Stents Failing to Deploy; Recalled Due to Injury Risk

LifeStent Solo Vascular Stents, manufactured by Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc., are the subject of a Class I recall. The affected products were manufactured and distributed from November 2011 to June 13, 2012. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Device Used as Alternative to Heart Surgery May Cause Tissue Erosion

The FDA alerted health care providers, particularly pediatric and adult cardiologists and surgeons, and patients that in very rare instances, tissue surrounding the St. Jude Amplatzer Atrial Septal Occluder (ASO) can erode and result in life-threatening emergencies that require immediate surgery. Click title to continue reading... 



Popular Asthma Medication Recalled; Improper Product Quality

Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution, 0.083%, in the 25 count packaging configuration (NDC# 0487-9501-25) has been recalled due to results from the manufacturer’s internal monitoring processes. Click title to continue reading... 



New Test Speeds TB Diagnosis

Earlier and improved tuberculosis (TB) case detection including smear negative disease, often associated with HIV co-infection as well as expanded capacity to diagnose multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB), are global priorities for TB control. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Doctor Given Prison for Illegally Prescribing Pain Medications

An Orange County physician who admitted that he illegally prescribed dangerous, addictive painkillers to “patients” he barely examined during meetings that were often held at Starbucks stores was sentenced to over 11 years in federal prison. Click title to continue reading... 



Stolen Hard-Drive of Medical Info Did Not Support Negligent Maintenance Claim

California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) prohibits health care providers and related entities from disclosing medical information regarding a patient without authorization except in certain specified instances. Click title to continue reading... 



No Action Against Publisher of Allegedly Fraudulent Medical Article

Several infants suffered permanent brachial plexus injuries during delivery. Brachial plexus injuries during delivery commonly occur when physicians apply traction in order to deliver an infant experiencing shoulder dystocia. Click title to continue reading...