Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: May 26, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Pradaxa Risks Lower for Stroke, Death, Higher for GI Bleeding, Versus Warfarin

In its ongoing review of the blood thinner Pradaxa (dabigatran), the FDA recently completed a new study in Medicare patients comparing Pradaxa to the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven, and generics), for risk of ischemic or clot-related stroke, bleeding in the brain, major gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, myocardial infarction (MI), and death. Pradaxa and warfarin are used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in patients with a common type of abnormal heart rhythm called non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Yogurt Recall Expands to 271 More Stores; Coliform Contamination

Organic yogurt maker Stonyfield extended its recall of YoBaby Peach/Pear yogurt in 4 oz. 6-pack cups with the code date June 05 2014 (UPC 052159701161). The recall now includes an additional 1,344 6-packs shipped to 271 more stores, mostly Safeway and Fred Meyer stores, in the following states: Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, and Northern California. Click title to continue reading...



Clotting Time Test Strips Recalled Due to Inaccuracy; Possible Serious Injury

Alere San Diego recalled the Alere INRatio2 PT/INR Professional Test Strips because the results disagreed with the confirmed PT/INR reference test results performed by a central laboratory. The firm began investigating due to complaints of patients who had a therapeutic or near-therapeutic INR result with the Alere INRatio2 PT/INR Professional Test Strip but a significantly higher INR result (outside of therapeutic range) when re-testing was performed by a central laboratory because of deterioration in the patient’s clinical condition. The firm received nine reports of malfunctions, six injuries and three deaths, caused by bleeding. Click title to continue reading...



Thousands Sent to Emergency Room by Preventable Pool Chemical Injuries

Injuries from pool chemicals led to nearly 5,000 emergency room visits in 2012, according to a study released recently by the CDC. Nearly half of these preventable injuries were in children and teenagers and more than a third occurred at a home. Pool chemical injuries were most common during the summer swim season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and almost half occurred on weekends. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Estate is Claimant Under Tort Act; Negligent Hospital Staff Caused Infection

A man receiving treatment for Huntington’s disease at a state hospital contracted a bacterial infection due to the improper reinsertion of his feeding tube by the hospital's staff. The man died from bilateral aspiration pneumonia caused by the bacterial infection. An autopsy report noted that the findings were most consistent with a leak from the feeding tube as the cause of the bacterial infection. Click title to continue reading...



Deposition Did Not Show Delayed Cancer Diagnosis Caused Injury or Changed Treatment

 During an annual screening mammogram, a radiologist noticed a six millimeter nodule in a woman’s breast and recommended a follow-up screening. A second radiologist, performed the follow-up screening three days later. The second radiologist told the woman that there was no evidence of malignancy and that she should return for another mammogram in one year. Click title to continue reading...



Insurer and Agent Not Bound by Conditional Receipt of Life Insurance Application

A man met with an insurance agent to apply for a life insurance policy in the amount of $150,000. The application process consisted of three parts: the applicant's completion of an application agreement, the applicant's answering various health questions before a medical examiner, and the medical examiner's report. The agent testified that he asked the man the questions in the application agreement and then typed the answers on the application form on his laptop computer. Click title to continue reading...