Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: June 23, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Labeling Error on Blood Glucose Test Strips; Nationwide Recall

Diabetic Supply of Suncoast, Inc., initiated a nationwide voluntary recall of all BMB-BA006A Advocate Redi-Code+ blood glucose test strip lots manufactured by BroadMaster Bio-Tech Corp. The Advocate Redi-Code+ BMB-BA006A blood glucose test strips were recalled due to a labeling error which could result in confusion about which meter models the Redi-Code+ BMB-BA006A blood glucose test strips are designed to be used with. In the incorrect labeling, the test strips’ model (BMB-BA006A) was omitted. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Wegmans’ Bagged Ice Recalled; Possible Metal Fragments

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., an 84-store supermarket chain, recalled Wegmans Ice in 18 lb. (UPC 77890 29200) and 7 lb. (UPC 77890 29197) bags sold between January 1 and June 10, 2014. The ice may contain metal pieces from a broken part in the machine that produces the ice, posing a possible choking hazard. The problem was discovered by Wegmans during a routine maintenance check of the equipment. Click title to continue reading...



FDA Warns Consumers About Dietary Supplement for Metal Chelation Therapy

The FDA issued a warning to consumers not to purchase or to use Thorne Research’s Captomer or Captomer-250, marketed as a dietary supplement for heavy metal toxicity and heavy metal chelation therapy. These products list DMSA (meso-2, 3-dimercaptosuccinic acid) as an active ingredient, which is contained in an FDA-approved prescription product indicated for the treatment of lead poisoning in children. Click title to continue reading...



Over 29 Million Americans Have Diabetes, But 1 in 4 Do Not Know

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released recently by the CDC. One in four people with diabetes does not know he or she has it. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Woman, Discharged Prematurely, Dies of Overdose From Pain Pump Refill

A woman had scoliosis and developed chronic pain related to her scoliosis. At first, she tried to control the pain with oral medications and patches, but she disliked them because she felt they impaired her function. After consulting at a hospital's pain clinic, she elected to have surgery to implant an intrathecal pain pump. Click title to continue reading...



Letter from Hospital About Surgeon’s Cancer Misdiagnosis Held Admissible

A man sought treatment for abdominal pain at a medical center’s emergency room. A CAT scan revealed a large lesion on his liver. A surgeon at the medical center evaluated the CAT scan and determined that he was most likely suffering from a cancer of hepatic, biliary, or pancreatic origin. Click title to continue reading...



Insurer Reasonable in Ordering Independent Medical Exams of Quadriplegic Insured

A quadriplegic man was struck by a drunk driver while crossing a street in his wheelchair. He was transported by ambulance to a medical center. An emergency medical technician prepared a pre-hospital care report stating that the man was conscious, alert, and oriented and that the technician did not observe any trauma. He was released from the hospital the following day with a diagnosis of three fractured ribs and a left adrenal lesion. His condition on discharge was good. Click title to continue reading...