Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: March 31, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Homeopathic Drugs May Contain Unlabeled Penicillin

Terra-Medica, Inc. recalled 56 lots of Pleo-FORT, Pleo-QUENT, Pleo-NOT, Pleo-STOLO, Pleo-NOTA-QUENT, and Pleo-EX homeopathic drug products in liquid, tablet, capsule, ointment, and suppository forms to the consumer level. Click title to continue reading..


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Breast Pump Power Adapter Recall; Potential for Electric Shock

Energizer Personal Care – Playtex Manufacturing, Inc. recalled certain AC/DC power adapters that are used with the Playtex Nurser Deluxe Double Electric Breast Pump. The casing on some adapters may become loose and separate, resulting in a potential for electric shock. Click title to continue reading...



Cases of Fannie May Chocolates Recalled Due to Undisclosed Peanuts

Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc. (“Fannie May”) recalled 89.08 cases of its 14.0 oz., rectangle box of spring wrapped assorted chocolates because the box includes one piece of candy that contains peanuts, a known allergen, and the food ingredient label on the box did not state that the product contained peanuts. Click title to continue reading...



Rodent-Borne Virus Transferred by Organ Transplant

On April 26, 2013, the United Network for Organ Sharing reported to the CDC a cluster of ill organ transplant recipients in Iowa with a common organ donor. Infection with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) was suspected. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Expert Required: Reasonableness of Settlement and Third-Party Damages Responsibility

An employee hit a woman with a hand cart, and after the accident the woman commenced a course of treatment with various health care providers. She underwent a lumbar laminectomy and bilateral foraminotomies on various levels of her spine. After the surgery she developed neurologic symptoms including severe postural headaches. Click title to continue reading...



Qualification for Expert Witness Dictated by Complaint; Not by Treating Doctor Expertise

A man suffered a chemical burn to his left foot while working at his job as a chemical technician. He underwent surgery to excise his wound and to apply a skin graft. Following his surgery, he was prescribed a medicine used to prevent blood clotting because he was at high risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Click title to continue reading...



Walk-in Medical Clinics Pay $1.2M Settlement for Fraud

American Family Care Inc. has agreed to pay the government $1.2 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that it knowingly submitted claims to Medicare for outpatient office visits that were billed at a higher rate than was appropriate. Click title to continue reading...