Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: April 07, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Weight Loss Product Recall; Possible Nationwide Tampering

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) recalled all Alli weight loss products from U.S. and Puerto Rico retailers as the company believes that some packages of the product were tampered with and may contain product that is not authentic Alli. Alli (60 mg orlistat capsules) is an FDA approved over-the-counter weight loss aid clinically proven to help boost weight loss efforts. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Pediatric Revatio Use Warning for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

The FDA clarified its previous recommendation related to prescribing Revatio (sildenafil) for children with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Revatio is FDA-approved only to treat PAH in adults, not in children. Click title to continue reading... 



Seafood Processor Ordered to Cease Operations; Listeria Problem

The FDA ordered Jensen’s Old Fashioned Smokehouse Inc., a processor of smoked fish products in Seattle, Washington, to stop processing, preparing, packing, holding, and distributing any food at or from its facility. Click title to continue reading... 



Ongoing Efforts Needed to Combat Hospital Patient Infections

On any given day, approximately one in 25 U.S. patients has at least one infection contracted during the course of their hospital care, adding up to about 722,000 infections in 2011, according to new data from the CDC. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Wrongful Death Noneconomic Damages Cap Unconstitutional

An Air Force dependent received prenatal medical care at a United States Air Force clinic. She opted for the Air Force's family practice department to provide primary prenatal care and delivery services throughout her pregnancy. Click title to continue reading... 



Good Samaritan Immunity Not Applicable to Paid Emergency Room Physician

A man was admitted to the hospital through the emergency room and was later transferred to the intensive care unit where he was diagnosed with epiglottitis. Three days later he began having labored breathing and pain on swallowing. A code blue was called. Click title to continue reading... 



Insurance Defense Required for Pharmaceutical Distributor

The State of West Virginia, through its Attorney General (“AG”), sued thirteen pharmaceutical drug distributors, alleging that they illegally distributed controlled substances by supplying physicians and drugstores with drug quantities in excess of legitimate medical need. Click title to continue reading...