Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: February 24, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Product Labeled With Wrong Drug Recalled Due to Injuries

The FDA has tested samples from recalled lots of Medisca’s L-citrulline product and has found that the samples contain N-acetyl-leucine, which is used to treat a certain type of dizziness (acute vestibular vertigo). Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Illicit Cancer Drugs Smuggled into U.S.

Two individuals were arraigned for charges that they, among other things, smuggled adulterated and misbranded prescription cancer treatments from Turkey and other countries into the United States and conspired to defraud the United States and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Click title to continue reading...
 



Possible Heart Failure Risk with Diabetes Drug

The FDA requested clinical trial data from the manufacturer of saxagliptin (marketed as Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR) to investigate a possible association between use of the type 2 diabetes drug and heart failure. Click title to continue reading...



Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention

When power outages occur after severe weather, such as winter storms, using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Injecting Patient Over Objection Is Medical Battery

A woman was allergic to heparin, an anticoagulant. Her doctors were aware of her allergy. She wore a medical bracelet indicating her allergy. Her medical records noted her allergy. However, while she was hospitalized, medical staff repeatedly injected her with heparin in direct contradiction to her specific directive not to give her heparin of any kind. Click title to continue reading...



Malpractice Screening Panel Violated Laws Regarding Evidence

At his initial visit with a new doctor, a man underwent a cholesterol test, which revealed that his cholesterol level was moderately elevated. The doctor told the man that his elevated levels may be a risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease. Click title to continue reading...



Durable Medical Equipment Clinic Owner Sentenced for Fraud

The former owner of a defunct durable medical equipment (DME) clinic was sentenced to serve 70 months in prison for his role in an $11 million health care fraud scheme involving World Class Medical Clinic Corp. (World Class). Click title to continue reading...