Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: November 03, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Contaminated Baby Wipes May Cause Pneumonia; Nationwide Recall

Nutek Disposables, Inc., issued a nationwide recall to the retail level of all lots of baby wipes that it manufactured because some packages may contain bacteria. The company has received reports of rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastro-intestinal issues, and respiratory issues. The baby wipes are sold under the brand names Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings. These wipes were distributed by Nutek prior to October 21, 2014, to the following retail stores: Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's, and Diapers.com. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FDA Labels Extended-Release Opioid Analgesic With Abuse-Deterrent Feature

The FDA approved new labeling for Embeda (morphine sulfate and naltrexone hydrochloride) extended-release (ER) capsules, an opioid analgesic to treat pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Embeda is the third ER opioid analgesic to be approved with labeling describing the product’s abuse-deterrent properties consistent with the FDA’s 2013 draft guidance, Abuse-Deterrent Opioids – Evaluation and Labeling. Click title to continue reading...



Listeria Tainted Crab Meat; Multistate Recall

Ocean’s Catch brand All Natural Jonah Crab Leg Meat was recalled after routine product sampling by Rome Packing Co., Inc., determined some of the finished products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Click title to continue reading...



Innovative Response Limits Ebola Spread in Liberia

Innovative measures have limited the spread of Ebola in a part of Liberia where Firestone Liberia, Inc., had established an effective health care infrastructure, according to a report issued by the CDC. Similar measures may be helpful in slowing the Ebola epidemic in other parts of West Africa. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Prescriber of Antibiotic that Triggered Stevens Johnson Syndrome Not Liable

A woman presented with a painful lump on the side of her neck. A doctor examined her and prescribed Avelox, once a day for 21 days, for any possible infection. After the woman took the antibiotic, she felt a generalized achiness. The following day she took a second dose, and later developed some shortness of breath, felt tired, and had generalized achiness. The next morning she awoke to find her lips were swollen and her eyes were bulging. She noticed a pink rash on her arms and stomach. Click title to continue reading...



Physician's Credentialing File and Hospital Incident File May Not Be Discoverable

A woman underwent a lithotripsy procedure. The physician who performed the procedure used ultrasound to destroy a kidney stone. The woman sustained second and third degree burns as a result of this procedure. Click title to continue reading...



No Minnesota Private Action for Under-Disclosure of Medical Records

A man applied for life insurance and as part of the application process the insurer asked the applicant a number of questions about his medical history. The applicant failed to disclose that he had visited a cardiologist and underwent a CAT scan angiogram because he was experiencing chest pain. The medical history questionnaire specifically asked whether the applicant had experienced or been tested for chest pain within the past ten years, to which the applicant responded that he had not. Click title to continue reading...