Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: July 06, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Flawed Design of Children's Tracheostomy Tubes Leads to Worldwide Recall

Medtronic of Dublin, Ireland, announced that on May 8, 2015, it began notifying hospitals and distributors worldwide that affected lots of its Covidien Shiley tracheostomy tubes manufactured after November 29, 2012, were formed with a wider angle bend than standard models. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


ADHD Medicinal Patch Discolors Skin; Irreversible Condition

The FDA is warning that permanent loss of skin color may occur with use of the Daytrana patch (methylphenidate transdermal system) for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The FDA added a new warning to the drug label to describe this skin condition, which is known as chemical leukoderma. In 2014, approximately 109,000 patients received prescriptions for Daytrana dispensed from U.S. outpatient retail pharmacies, which was a decrease from 136,500 patients in 2010. Click title to continue reading...



CEO Sentenced for Shipping Adulterated Knee Replacement Cutting Guides

The U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey sentenced the OtisMed Corporation’s former chief executive officer to 24 months in prison and also ordered him to serve one year of supervised release and to pay a $75,000 fine. In December 2014, OtisMed agreed to pay more than $80 million to resolve related criminal and civil liability related to charges of distributing adulterated medical devices with intent to defraud and mislead. At that same time, the CEO pleaded guilty to introducing adulterated medical devices into interstate commerce. Click title to continue reading...



Naloxone Kits to Laypeople Reverse Overdoses, Reduce Opioid Deaths

According to a June 19, 2015 CDC report, drug overdose deaths in the United States have more than doubled since 1999. During 2013, 43,982 drug overdose deaths (unintentional, intentional [suicide or homicide], or undetermined intent) were reported. Among these, 37% were associated with prescription opioid analgesics (e.g., oxycodone and hydrocodone) and 19% with heroin. Heroin and prescription opioids are major causes of drug overdose deaths. Naloxone is the standard medication used for reversal of the potentially fatal respiratory depression caused by opioid overdose. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Order for Discovery of Pediatrician’s Computer Contents Not Appealable

A boy suffered from Crohn’s disease. His pediatrician prescribed the drug Remicade, which is administered by intravenous infusion. The boy underwent infusions of Remicade at the hospital for two and a half years. About 15 months after his last Remicade infusion, the boy died as a result of hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma. Click title to continue reading...



Dentist Unable to Perform “Duties” Totally Disabled

A dentist purchased three different disability income insurance policies. Each policy provided “total disability benefits” in the event that the dentist became unable to perform “the important duties of [his] Occupation.” Click title to continue reading...



Government Knowledge of Needle in Patient Post-Surgery Found Not Sufficient Notice

A man underwent partial left heart bypass surgery at a hospital to repair his aorta. Several nurses employed by the hospital assisted the doctors with the procedure. The man was taken for a routine x-ray shortly after the doctors completed his surgery. The x-ray revealed a curved, metallic density within his chest. The man was returned to the operating room, where one of the doctors who performed the bypass removed a surgical needle from his chest. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Living Organ Donor Consent, Deceased Donor Anatomical Gift, and Consent To Transplant

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this Feature containing illustrative forms:  Living Organ Donor Consent, Deceased Donor Anatomical Gift, and Consent To Transplant. This Feature enhances the practice materials in Medical Law Perspectives, July 2015 Report: Organ Transplants: Saving Lives, Facing Risks, Minimizing Complications and Errors. Click title to continue reading...