Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: June 16, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Soliris Intravenous Solution Recalled; Visible Particulates

Certain lots of Soliris (eculizumab) 300 mg/30 mL concentrated solution for intravenous infusion were recalled due to the presence of visible proteinaceous particles detected in a single lot during periodic stability testing. The manufacturer, Alexion, believes that it has identified the process component that resulted in the presence of the visible particles and implemented a change to the process. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Rite Aid Recalls Mislabeled Ice Cream; Possible Allergic Reaction

Rite Aid has initiated a voluntary recall of approximately 560 16 oz. pints of Mint ‘n Chip ice cream distributed under the Thrifty brand name. These pints contain pistachio ice cream with pistachios. However, the ice cream was inadvertently placed in containers labeled as being Mint ‘n Chip. People who are allergic to nuts, including pistachios, may run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product. Click title to continue reading...



FDA Makes Adverse Drug Event Data Accessible

The FDA launched openFDA, a new initiative designed to make it easier for web developers, researchers, and the public to access large, important public health datasets collected by the agency. Click title to continue reading...



Norovirus Leading Cause of Food Poisoning In Restaurants

Most norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food occur in food service settings, according to a report by the CDC. Infected food workers are frequently the source of these outbreaks, often by touching ready-to-eat foods served in restaurants with their bare hands. The food service industry can help prevent norovirus outbreaks by enforcing food safety practices, such as making sure workers always practice good hand hygiene on the job and stay home when they are sick. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Res Ipsa Loquitur Not Persuasive for Packing Left in Surgical Wound

A woman underwent a right hemicolectomy, which involves removing the right side of the colon and attaching the small intestine to the remaining portion of the colon. Following the surgery, the woman's surgical wound was cared for at the medical center where the procedure was performed by the surgeon and hospital staff under his supervision, at a rehabilitation facility, at the woman’s home by visiting nurses, and at the surgeon's private office. Almost a year after the procedure, a piece of “old packing” was discovered in the surgical wound. Click title to continue reading...



Nevada Upholds Challenged Physician Discipline Statutes

A Nevada statute, NRS 630.301(9), provides that a physician may be disciplined for “engaging in conduct that brings the medical profession into disrepute, including, without limitation, conduct that violates any provision of a code of ethics adopted by the” State of Nevada Board of Medical Examiners. Also NAC 630.040 defines “malpractice” for the purposes of NRS Chapter 630 as “the failure of a physician, in treating a patient, to use the reasonable care, skill, or knowledge ordinarily used under similar circumstances.” Click title to continue reading...



Insurance Myoelectric Prosthetics Exclusion Did Not Violate California Law

An eleven year old girl contracted spinal meningitis, which necessitated the amputation of her hands at the wrists and her legs below the knees. For the first six years after the amputation she used body-powered/cable and harness upper-extremity prostheses. A body-powered prosthesis has a hook at the end of the arm that the wearer operates by moving the muscles of the residual limb. Click title to continue reading...