Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: March 24, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Cases of Costco Dried Fruit Recall; Possible Salmonella

Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc., of Albany, Oregon, has recalled 59,780 cases of Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit, produced exclusively for Costco Wholesale Stores. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Anesthesia Device Recall; Patient Data Does Not Match

McKesson Anesthesia Care was recalled because there was an occurrence where the patient case data did not match the patient data when the case was recalled in the Anesthesia Care Record (ACR) in that it included data from another case. Use of this affected product may cause serious adverse health consequences, including death. Click title to continue reading...



Internet Pain Product Recall; Undisclosed Active Drug Ingredients

 Pain Free By Nature recalled Reumofan Plus Tablets purchased through their website because they contain undisclosed active pharmaceutical ingredients: methocarbamol and diclofenac. The recall was initiated after the FDA discovered that the product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of the active pharmaceutical ingredients, making it an unapproved drug. Use of this product could result in serious and life-threatening injuries. Click the title to continue reading...



Hospitals Over-Prescribing Antibiotics; Infection Resistance

 A new report from the CDC found that, in hospitals, a 30 percent reduction in use of the antibiotics that most often cause deadly diarrheal infections with Clostridium difficile can reduce these infections by more than 25 percent. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Accrual of Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer Claim

 A woman underwent frequent mammograms and other screening procedures for breast cancer. Her paternal grandmother had successfully overcome the disease and two other relatives had died of different types of cancer. Click title to continue reading... 



Internet Medical Info Insufficient to Challenge CRPS Expert

A woman injured her knee in a fall. She underwent surgery on her knee to repair a torn meniscus. Her knee pain continued, and she consulted an orthopedic surgeon employed by a healthcare organization. Click title to continue reading... 



Hospital Pays $8.5 Million to Settle Kickback Allegations

Memorial Hospital, an Ohio nonprofit corporation that operates an acute care hospital in Fremont, Ohio, has agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle claims that it violated the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Statute by engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians. Click title to continue reading...