Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: August 03, 2015

IN THE NEWS


FDA Warns Contrast Agent Stays in Brain after Repeat MRIs

In a drug safety communication, the FDA announced it is investigating the risk of brain deposits following repeated use of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Recent publications in the medical literature have reported that deposits of GBCAs remain in the brains of some patients who undergo four or more contrast MRI scans, long after the last administration. It is unknown whether these gadolinium deposits are harmful or can lead to adverse health effects. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Northeastern Counties with Lyme Disease Increase 320%

Lyme disease is a multisystem tickborne zoonosis caused by infection with the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. Since 1991, state and territorial health departments have reported human Lyme disease cases to the CDC through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System. Most cases are reported from the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central states, although the number of jurisdictions that report a high number of cases has increased over time. To better quantify and track the geographic distribution of human Lyme disease, researchers developed a simple but robust method for defining counties where residents have a high risk of acquiring this disease. Click title to continue reading...



New Drug for Advanced Basal Cell Skin Cancer

The FDA approved Odomzo (sonidegib) to treat patients with locally advanced basal cell carcinoma that has recurred following surgery or radiation therapy, or who are not candidates for surgery or radiation therapy. Skin cancer is the most common cancer and basal cell carcinoma accounts for approximately 80 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers. Basal cell carcinoma starts in the top layer of the skin (called the epidermis) and usually develops in areas that have been regularly exposed to the sun and other forms of ultraviolet radiation. Click title to continue reading...



Nationwide Recall; Cancer Drug Contains Rubber and Crystals

Teva Parenteral Medicines of North Wales, PA, recently recalled six lots of Adrucil (fluorouracil injection, USP) 5 g/100 mL (50 mg/mL) due to the potential presence of particulate matter identified as an aggregate of silicone rubber pieces from a filler diaphragm and fluorouracil crystals. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Primary Tortfeasor May Seek Equitable Subrogation from Healthcare Providers

A driver got in an accident with a boy riding his scooter. The boy sustained head injuries. Following the accident, the boy was treated at a hospital. The boy sued the driver for damages resulting from the accident. The boy successfully argued that Florida case law precluded the driver from presenting evidence that medical negligence was a contributing cause of the boy’s injuries. The driver was ultimately held liable for all of the boy’s damages including those allegedly caused or aggravated by medical negligence. Click title to continue reading...



Nurse’s Aide’s Back Blows in Response to Blue Baby Met Standard of Care

A boy was born around midnight at a medical center. After giving birth, the boy’s mother was moved to a regular hospital room. The boy was brought to her room and placed in a bassinet beside her bed. Shortly thereafter, the mother laid him down on her bed to change his diaper. She noticed that he was blue. The mother picked up her son and handed him to a woman in the hall, who she assumed was a medical center nurse. This woman, who was never identified, but who the medical center believed to be a nurse’s aide, took the boy down the hall to the nursery. About a minute later, another hospital employee emerged from the nursery and told the mother that the boy was fine. At that time, no one informed her that the unidentified nurse’s aide administered back blows to her son. Click title to continue reading...



$4.3 Million Verdict for Failure to Drain Prostate Abscess Not Excessive

A urologist diagnosed a man with a prostate abscess, a collection of pus or purulent material caused by an inflammatory response to a bacterial infection. An abscess is formed when the body encapsulates the infected tissue to contain the infection. A prostate abscess is a serious medical condition that requires antibiotics and, if necessary, draining of the abscess by piercing it and allowing it to drain from the body through the urinary tract. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Malpractice for Adult Drug Dosage to Child

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this Feature containing an illustrative medical malpractice complaint for the actions of emergency room health providers in administering an adult dosage of medication to a child, resulting in the child’s death. Click title to continue reading...