Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: May 05, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Serious Neurologic Events From Epidural Corticosteroid Injections

The FDA warned that injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may result in rare but serious adverse events, including loss of vision, stroke, paralysis, and death. The injections are given to treat neck and back pain, and radiating pain in the arms and legs. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Target and Walmart Yogurt Recall; Coliform Contamination

Organic yogurt maker Stonyfield recalled 188 6-packs of 4 oz YoBaby Peach/Pear cups with the code date June 05 2014 (UPC 052159701161). The 4 oz 6-packs were shipped to Target stores in Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina and Walmart stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware. Click title to continue reading...



Pain Medication Recalled Due to Visible Particulates

Hospira, Inc. issued a nationwide recall to the user level for one lot of 0.25% Marcaine (Bupivacaine HCl Injection, USP), 10 mL, Single-dose Vial – Preservative Free (NDC 0409-1559-10), Lot 34-440-DD. The recall is due to a confirmed customer report of discolored solution with visible particles embedded in the glass as well as discolored solution. Click title to continue reading...



Employee Infectious Disease Risks at Cadaver Anatomical Donation Center

The CDC is investigating reports of potential occupational exposure to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and Mycobacterium tuberculosis among workers performing preparation and dissection procedures on human non-transplant anatomical materials at a non-transplant anatomical donation center in Arizona. The CDC is working with Arizona public health officials to inform persons exposed to these potentially infected materials. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Smokers Have No New Equitable Claim for Medical Monitoring

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York dismissed longtime heavy smokers and former smokers claims alleging negligence, strict products liability, and breach of implied warranty of merchantability, as well as their independent equitable claim seeking medical monitoring with respect to an increased risk of cancer. Click title to continue reading...



Endodontist Failure to Diagnose Oral Cancer

A woman was referred by her regular treating dentist to an endodontist for root canal treatment. The root canal was performed over two sessions approximately one month apart. About four months after the second root canal session, the woman's regular treating dentist noticed a sore or ulcer on the left side of her tongue and referred her to an oral pathologist. About six weeks later, the woman was examined by an oral pathologist, who performed a biopsy, which tested positive for oral squamous cell carcinoma. Click title to continue reading...



Significant Damages for Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer

A woman, whose husband had retired from the Army, received her regular medical care at an Army hospital. Upon leaving the Army, the husband paid $1,000 monthly COBRA premiums for eighteen months to TRICARE, the military insurance plan for soldiers and their dependents. He also made some co-payments for services his wife received. Click title to continue reading...