Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: May 25, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Infusion Pumps Have Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

 The FDA is alerting users of the Hospira LifeCare PCA3 and PCA5 Infusion Pump Systems about security vulnerabilities with these pumps. The Hospira LifeCare PCA3 and PCA5 Infusion Pump Systems are computerized infusion pumps designed for the continuous delivery of anesthetic or therapeutic drugs. These systems can be programmed remotely through a health care facility’s Ethernet or wireless network. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


New Type 2 Diabetes Drugs May Cause Ketoacidosis

 The FDA is warning that the type 2 diabetes medicines canagliflozin (Invokana), dapagliflozin (Farxiga), and empagliflozin (Jardiance) may lead to ketoacidosis, a serious condition where the body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones that may require hospitalization. The FDA is continuing to investigate this safety issue and will determine whether changes are needed in the prescribing information for this class of drugs, called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. Click title to continue reading...



"Latex Free" Claims Dangerously Inaccurate

 The FDA is recommending that manufacturers stop using the labels “latex-free” or “does not contain latex” because these warnings are scientifically inaccurate and misleading. In the future, people with latex allergies are less likely to be misinformed about the absence of this allergen in such products as medical devices. Click title to continue reading...



Increases in Hepatitis C Virus Infection Related to Injection Drug Use

 Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the most common blood-borne infection in the United States, with approximately three million persons living with current infection. Needle puncture exposure to contaminated blood is the most efficient mode of transmission and injection drug use (IDU) is the primary risk factor for infection. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Medical Malpractice Plaintiffs Intervened for Records in Defendant Doctor’s Divorce

 A doctor and his wife began divorce proceedings. The Marion Circuit Court, Division II, ordered that the file be sealed because it included sensitive information. Click title to continue reading...



Exclusion of Decedent’s Medical Bills Violated Collateral Source Statute

 A woman fell at a business premises. Subsequently, she died. In the period between the fall and the woman's death, the woman's medical providers billed $197,154.93 for her care. The woman was covered by Medicare and had supplemental coverage through a private insurer. Medicare and the private insurer together paid a total of $70,711.26 to the woman's medical providers. Click title to continue reading...



Subpoena of Medical Practice’s Records Did Not Violate Self-Incrimination Privilege

 A clinical blood laboratory used various methods to bribe numerous physicians to refer their patients to the lab for blood testing. A federal prosecutor alleged that a doctor entered into an illicit agreement with the laboratory, whereby it paid him monetary bribes in exchange for referring his patients to it for blood testing. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Bariatric Surgery Attorney Checklist: Proving Malpractice

Counsel must develop a list of facts and circumstances, specific to the client's fact situation, which demonstrates proof of injury from weight-loss surgery. The following checklist is an example of this technique and shows a physician's malpractice or negligence.