Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: September 15, 2014

IN THE NEWS


U.S. Marshals Seize Unapproved and Improperly Labeled Drug Products

Various unapproved and improperly labeled drug products that were marketed, sold, and distributed via the internet by Flawless Beauty LLC, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, have been seized by U.S. Marshals at the request of the FDA and the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. These products, including injectable drug products, were marketed, sold and distributed to individuals, retail outlets, health spas, and clinics. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Nationwide Recall of Twix Bites Due to Unlabeled Allergens

Mars Chocolate North America recalled Twix Brand Unwrapped Bites 7 oz. Stand Up Pouch with the code date: 421BA4GA60. About 25 cases of the stand-up pouches in this single lot code may contain product containing peanuts and eggs without listing them on the ingredient label. People who have allergies to peanuts and egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Click title to continue reading...



Mailed Compounded Prescriptions Recalled Due to Non-Sterility

Pharmacy Creations of Randolph, New Jersey, recalled four products following testing results conducted by Front Range, Inc., its former independent testing laboratory, that indicated that the product lots may have the potential for not being sterile. If the products are not sterile there are serious health implications including development of a life-threatening infection. Click title to continue reading...



New CDC Clearinghouse on HIV, STD, and TB Laws, Legal Tools, Resources

The CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention recently published a new webpage related to public health laws. This webpage includes various legal tools and resources that can help public health practitioners understand the laws and regulations that might be facilitators or barriers to HIV, STD, and TB program effectiveness. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Medical Organizations Cannot Set Expert Litigation Standard When Members Sued

Over a 32-month period a woman received five Pap smear tests. Her doctor took scrapings from her cervix, put them on a slide, and sent that slide to a laboratory for review to determine if there were abnormalities in the cells on the slide. The woman was not diagnosed with cervical cancer until eleven months after her last Pap smear, when she went to her doctor complaining of vaginal bleeding. By then, the cancer had metastasized in her lymph nodes. Click title to continue reading...



Expert in Same Specialty Required for Each Specialist Participating in Surgery

A woman injured her neck in a motor vehicle accident. About a year and a half later she underwent spinal surgery while she was under endotracheal anesthesia. The procedure was performed by two doctors, a neurosurgeon and an orthopedic surgeon. Click title to continue reading...



Signed Surgical Consent Form Protects Residency Program From Battery, Fraud

A woman was a patient at a clinic. The woman was notified at least three times that the clinic was a residency program and that residents were medical doctors who had graduated from medical school and were receiving specialty training in the field of women's health, staff doctors oversaw the care provided by the resident doctor, every case was discussed with a staff doctor, and the staff doctor may have seen or examined the patient as well. Click title to continue reading...