Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: January 27, 2014

IN THE NEWS


FDA Says Stop Prescribing Drugs With Acetaminophen

The FDA is recommending health care professionals discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen (Tylenol) per tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Rohto Eye Drops Made in Vietnam Recalled

The Mentholatum Company is recalling Rohto Arctic, Rohto Ice, Rohto Hydra, Rohto Relief and Rohto Cool eye drops made in Vietnam. The recall was initiated due to a manufacturing review at the production facility in Vietnam involving sterility controls. Click title to continue reading... 



Tandem Insulin Cartridges Recalled Due to Leak

Tandem Diabetes Care recalled specific lots of insulin cartridges that are used with the t:slim Insulin Pump. The potential for a cartridge leak was identified during internal product testing. A cartridge leak could potentially result in the device delivering too much or too little insulin, which can lead to a serious adverse event. Click title to continue reading...



ERISA, Health Benefit Plans, State Laws and the Health System Transformation

The CDC’s Public Health Law Program (PHLP) issued a report summarizing its responses to technical assistance requests it had received regarding the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and its relationship to health benefit plans and state laws that address health system transformation. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Minority Tolling Exemption for Medical Malpractice Actions Unconstitutional

A nine-year-old suffered from headaches, nausea, dizziness, weakness in his legs, and double vision. He underwent an MRI, which a radiologist reviewed and found to be normal. The boy's symptoms persisted. Click title to continue reading... 



Simple Negligence For Burns From Faulty Surgical Microscope

A man underwent spinal surgery to repair a ruptured lumbar disk. During the procedure, the surgeon used an OPMI Pentero surgical microscope (the “Pentero”) provided by the hospital. The Pentero integrated a surgical microscope and lighting system with digital video recording and the hospital's information infrastructure. Click title to continue reading... 



$30M Paid on Nursing Home Referral Kickback Scheme

Contract therapy providers RehabCare Group Inc., RehabCare Group East Inc. and Rehab Systems of Missouri and management company Health Systems Inc. have agreed to pay $30 million to resolve claims that they violated the False Claims Act by engaging in a kickback scheme related to the referral of nursing home business. Click title to continue reading...