Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: February 10, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Prescription Drug Abuse Growing Problem; Advice and Statistics

During National Drug Facts Week, the FDA reminded health care professionals that prescription medication misuse is a growing problem that they can help prevent by talking about it with teen and young adult patients. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Risks of Stroke, Heart Attack, Death from Testosterone

The FDA is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products. Click title to continue reading... 



New Aid to Pediatric Diabetes Blood Sugar Monitoring

The FDA recently approved the expanded use of the Dexcom G4 Platinum Continuous Monitoring System for patients with diabetes ages 2 to 17 years. Click title to continue reading... 



50-State Public Health Policy Reports on 10 Hot Topics

The CDC has released the 2013 Prevention Status Reports (PSRs), which highlight the status of policies and practices designed to prevent or reduce problems affecting public health. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


No Preemption of Promoting Off-Label Use, Failure to Warn Claims

A manufacturer of medical devices manufactured and sold a device used in surgery to strengthen the spines of individuals with degenerated vertebral discs. The device consisted of an absorbable collagen sponge, a manufactured version of a protein found in small quantities in the human body, and a titanium threaded fusion cage. Click title to continue reading... 



Failure to Diagnose Fatal Gastrointestinal Disease in Premature Infant

An infant was born prematurely at the hospital with a gestational age of 25 weeks and birth weight of one pound, nine ounces. He had low Apgar scores and his respiratory rate was irregular. He was intubated and transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit. Twenty-six days after birth, the infant’s blood glucose level spiked. Click title to continue reading... 



Partial Hospitalization Programs Part of Medicare Fraud

On Jan. 28, 2014, a federal grand jury in Miami returned a ten-count indictment charging three Miami residents for allegedly participating in a scheme to defraud Medicare of $190 million by submitting false and fraudulent claims, from approximately December 2002 to October 2010. Click title to continue reading...