Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: April 13, 2015

IN THE NEWS


U.S. and Canada Recall of All Products from NC Compounding Pharmacy

 The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy has ordered a recall of all lots of non-sterile and sterile products compounded, repackaged, and distributed by Prescription Center Pharmacy located at 915 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC, between September 10, 2014, and March 10, 2015. This recall order is due the pharmacy’s inability to ensure sterility, stability, and potency for these products. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Problems with Quality of Mammograms Performed at Raleigh Physician’s Practice

 The FDA is alerting patients who had mammograms at Richard D. Adelman, M.D., Family Medicine practice located in Raleigh, North Carolina, any time after August 24, 2012, about possible problems with the quality of their mammograms. This does not necessarily mean that the results of the mammograms were inaccurate, but patients should have their mammograms reviewed at a Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)-certified facility to determine if they need a repeat mammogram or additional medical follow-up. Patients have the right to request their original mammogram and copies of their medical reports from Richard D. Adelman, M.D, Family Medicine practice. Click title to continue reading...



FDA Approves Breath Test for Delayed Gastric Emptying

 The FDA has approved the Gastric Emptying Breath Test (GEBT), a new non-invasive test to aid in the diagnosis of delayed gastric emptying, known as gastroparesis. Gastroparesis is a disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine when muscles in the stomach are not contracting properly. It is caused by damage to the vagus nerve that controls the muscles of the stomach and small intestine, often as a result of intestinal surgery, neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, or high blood glucose levels due to diabetes. If left untreated, gastroparesis can lead to problems such as severe dehydration due to persistent vomiting, difficulty managing blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, and malnutrition due to poor absorption of nutrients or a low caloric intake. Click title to continue reading...



Multidrug-Resistant Shigellosis Affects Travelers, Spreads in U.S.

 International travelers are bringing a multidrug-resistant intestinal illness to the United States and spreading it to others who have not traveled, according to a report released recently by the CDC. Shigella sonnei bacteria, resistant to the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), sickened 243 people in 32 states and Puerto Rico between May 2014 and February 2015. Research by the CDC found that the drug-resistant illness was being repeatedly introduced as ill travelers returned, and was then infecting other people in a series of outbreaks around the country. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Multipurpose Hospital Had Limited, Not Absolute Charitable Immunity

A woman attended a free eye screening provided by the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The screening was conducted at an outpatient health care facility. The outpatient health care facility was a nonprofit charitable clinic in a hospital system. The outpatient health care facility provided medical care for those where are uninsured, underinsured, without a primary care physician, or who lack access to regular medical care. The hospital system was organized to operate hospitals, to promote educational and research activities, to render health care and related services, and to carry out other activities related to these purposes. Click title to continue reading...



School Had Duty To Aid Collapsed Soccer Player; Failure to Use AED

 A fifteen-year-old boy collapsed during a high school soccer game. When the boy was unable to rise, his coach immediately ran onto the field to check his player. The boy tried to speak to his coach, but within three minutes of the collapse, he appeared to stop breathing and lost consciousness. The coach was unable to detect a pulse. An administrator from the host high school called 911. Two parents in the stands, who were nurses, joined the coach on the field. The coach and one nurse began to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the boy. The coach, who was certified in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), testified that he yelled for an AED. The AED in the possession of the host high school was actually at the game facility located at the end of the soccer field, but it was never brought on the field to the coach to assist in reviving the boy. Click title to continue reading...



LTD Benefits Limited; Lyme Disease Questioned; Mental Disorder Triggered Disability

 A man was a participant in his employer’s disability plan. The plan provided that a participant qualified as disabled if, as a result of physical disease, injury, pregnancy, or mental disorder the employee was unable to perform with reasonable continuity the material duties of his or her own occupation and the employee suffered a loss of at least 20% of his or her indexed predisablity earnings when working in his or her own occupation. Participants could receive benefits until their reached age 65. Click title to continue reading...