Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: February 17, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Uncle Ben’s Rice Recall; Linked to Illnesses in Several States

The FDA, CDC, and state and local officials have been investigating a cluster of illnesses associated with Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice Mexican Flavor sold in 5 and 25-pound bags. Mars Foodservices is recalling all bags and all lot numbers of its Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice products produced in 2013. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Calcium Gluconate 10% Product Contaminated

The FDA advised health care professionals to follow up with patients who received calcium gluconate 10% injections made by Rx Formulations, of Mesa, Arizona, between November 7 and December 11, 2013, as a precaution. Click title to continue reading...



Glucose Meters May Give False Readings

Nipro Diagnostics, Inc. of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, recalled a limited number of TRUEbalance and TRUEtrack Blood Glucose Meters distributed both in the United States and outside the United States. Click title to continue reading...



Child Passenger Deaths Decreased from 2002 to 2011, But Continue

Motor vehicle crash deaths among children age 12 and younger decreased by 43 percent from 2002-2011. Click here to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Failure to Diagnose Unindicated Condition is Not Medical Malpractice

Eleven days after having her gallbladder surgically removed, a woman presented to the emergency room complaining of pain at the operative site and abdomen. The ER physician thought the woman may have been suffering from a post-operative infection. Click title to continue reading... 



Nurses Cannot Serve on Review Panel in Claim Against Hospital

A woman underwent surgery at a hospital. She was treated by two nurses on the floor of the hospital following surgery. She subsequently died. Her surviving sons sued two nurses and the hospital that employed them. Click title to continue reading... 



Addiction Clinic, Clinical Lab, and Doctors Settle for $15.75 Million

SelfRefind, a chain of addiction treatment clinics; PremierTox LLC, a clinical laboratory that performs urine testing; and the two doctors who own SelfRefind and PremierTox, have agreed to pay $15.75 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims to Medicare and Kentucky’s Medicaid program for tests that were medically unnecessary, or were more expensive than those performed or billed in violation of the Stark Law. Click title to continue reading...