Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: December 23, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Magnetic Energy Stimulation Device to Relieve Migraine Pain

The FDA allowed marketing of the Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS), the first device to relieve pain caused by migraine headaches that are preceded by an aura: a visual, sensory or motor disturbance immediately preceding the onset of a migraine attack. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FDA Proposes Rule to Determine Safety and Effectiveness of Antibacterial Soaps

The FDA issued a proposed rule to require manufacturers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to demonstrate that their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Click title to continue reading...



Drug for Rare Blood Disorders Recalled Due to Visible Particles

Two lots of Soliris (eculizumab) Concentrated Solution for Intravenous Infusion were recalled because they were found to contain visible particles. The administration of particulate, if present in a parenteral drug, poses a potential safety risk to patients in two general areas: immunogenicity and thromboembolic events. Click title to continue reading... 



New Report Highlights Benefits of Flu Vaccine

Flu vaccination prevented an estimated 6.6 million influenza-associated illnesses, 3.2 million medically attended illnesses, and 79,000 hospitalizations during the 2012-2013 flu season, according to a CDC report. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Failure to Diagnose and Treat Heart Attack; Claim Dismissed

A man fell ill and was transported to the emergency room, where he relayed that he had had a heart attack in the past. Just under four hours after his arrival, he collapsed in a hallway between emergency departments and died. Click title to continue reading... 



Graft Failure Not Subject to Vascular Surgeon Standard

A board certified surgeon placed a graft in a woman’s arm, also known as a “fistula,” to facilitate kidney dialysis. About seven and half years after the procedure, the graft began to scab over. Click title to continue reading...



Mental Health Therapist Pleads Guilty for Role in $63 Million Fraud Scheme

A former licensed mental health counselor at the defunct health provider Health Care Solutions Network Inc. (HCSN) pleaded guilty in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for his role in a $63 million health care fraud scheme. Click title to continue reading...