Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: July 27, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Serious Lung Condition in Infants, Newborns Treated with Proglycem

The FDA issued a safety warning that a serious lung condition called pulmonary hypertension has been reported in infants and newborns treated with Proglycem (diazoxide) for low blood sugar. In all cases, the pulmonary hypertension resolved or improved after Proglycem was stopped. The FDA is continuing to investigate this safety issue and will determine whether changes are needed in the Proglycem prescribing information. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FDA Approves Prosthesis for Above-knee Amputations

The FDA has authorized the use of the first prosthesis marketed in the U.S. for adults who have amputations above the knee and who have rehabilitation problems with, or cannot use, a conventional socket prosthesis. The Osseoanchored Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees (OPRA) device instead uses fixtures and screws implanted into the patient’s remaining thigh bone to connect an external prosthetic limb. Click title to continue reading...



Oncologist Sentenced; Dispensing Foreign, Misbranded Drugs

The United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri announced that an oncologist who operated a clinic in Joplin, Missouri was sentenced in federal court in July for dispensing foreign, misbranded drugs to his cancer patients. Click title to continue reading...



Recycling Used Electronics Exposes Children to Neurotoxicants, Including Lead

Lead affects the developing nervous system of children, and no safe blood lead level (BLL) in children has been identified. Elevated BLLs in childhood are associated with hyperactivity, attention problems, conduct problems, and impairment in cognition. Young children are at higher risk for environmental lead exposure from putting their hands or contaminated objects in their mouth. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Update of Children’s Vaccinations Was In Their Best Interests

Divorced parents disagreed about whether to update their children’s standard vaccinations. The mother refused to update the children’s vaccinations. The father filed a motion with the court seeking to update the children’s vaccinations. Click title to continue reading...



New Jersey Insurance Fraud Defendants Have Right to Jury Trial

Insurance companies sued 63 defendants including physicians and chiropractors; medical, imaging, and pain-management practices; medical equipment and billing companies; employees, owners, and shareholders of those practices and companies; and an attorney and unlicensed individuals. The complaint alleged that the 63 defendants violated New Jersey’s Insurance Fraud Prevention Act (IFPA) when they engaged in a scheme to defraud the insurance companies of $8.14 million in personal injury protection benefits under the New Jersey Automobile Reparation Reform Act, N.J.S.A. 39:6A–1 to –35. Click title to continue reading...



Continuous Treatment Doctrine Did Not Apply; Failure to Diagnose Rectal Cancer

A 46-year-old woman sought treatment from an internist and gastroenterologist for symptoms of dyspepsia and upper abdominal discomfort. She had a long history of abdominal pain and heartburn. She indicated on her patient information sheet that she had a family medical history of colon polyps. The internist/gastroenterologist recommended an endoscopy. After the endoscopy, the internist/gastroenterologist diagnosed the woman with having non-erosive reflux disease. She was advised to schedule a follow up appointment in six months. The woman did not return for 17 months. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Medical Negligence for Failure to Warn-Child's Infectious Disease

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this Feature containing a medical negligence complaint for a parent’s injury from a pediatrician’s failure to warn of exposure to a child’s communicable disease. Click title to continue reading...