Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: September 21, 2015

IN THE NEWS


FDA Warns New Diabetes Drug Increases Risk of Bone Fractures

The FDA has strengthened the warning for the type 2 diabetes medicine canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet) related to the increased risk of bone fractures and added new information about decreased bone mineral density. Bone mineral density relates to the strength of a person’s bones. To address these safety concerns, the FDA added a new Warning and Precaution and revised the Adverse Reactions section of the Invokana and Invokamet drug labels. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


International Recall of Kraft Singles Expanded Due to Choking Hazard

The Kraft Heinz Company is expanding the voluntary recall of select code dates and manufacturing codes of individually-wrapped American slices due to the possibility that a thin strip of the individual packaging film may remain adhered to the slice after the wrapper has been removed. If the film sticks to the slice and is not removed, it could potentially cause a choking hazard. Click title to continue reading...



Nationwide Recall of Drug Products Due to Possible Contamination

The FDA alerted health care professionals and patients of a voluntary recall of all non-expired drug products produced for sterile use and distributed nationwide by Medistat RX, LLC, in Foley, Alabama, due to possible contamination. The recalled products were distributed between November 1, 2014, and September 3, 2015. Click title to continue reading...



Arboviruses Cause Serious Illness in Thousands of People in the U.S.

Arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) are transmitted to humans primarily through the bites of infected mosquitoes and ticks. West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of domestically acquired arboviral disease in the United States. However, several other arboviruses also cause sporadic cases and seasonal outbreaks. A recent CDC report summarizes surveillance data reported to the CDC in 2014 for WNV and other nationally notifiable arboviruses, excluding dengue. In 2014, the CDC received reports of 2,327 cases of nationally notifiable arboviral disease, among which 1,453 (62%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Wrongful Death Due to Failure to Diagnose Myocarditis; Website Evidence

A 23-year-old man presented to the emergency room (ER). The triage nurse noted that the man had chest congestion and discomfort, fever, cough, and pain in taking deep breaths. The triage nurse recorded the man’s heart rate as 115 beats per minute. A heart rate over one hundred indicates the condition of tachycardia. Click title to continue reading...



Military Officer Radiology Resident’s Failure to Diagnose Brain Tumor

A man presented to the emergency room (ER) at night complaining of a severe headache and double vision. The emergency medicine physician on duty telephoned the man’s personal physician and discussed possible causes for the man’s medical complaints. The emergency medicine physician ordered a head CT to eliminate the possibility that the man’s complaints were the result of bleeding in the brain or a tumor. The CT study was conducted in the early morning hours of the following day. Click title to continue reading...



Assignment of Benefits Without Reference to Right to Sue Gives Standing under ERISA

A neurosurgery practice group treated three patients who were members of healthcare plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and administered by the same insurer. Prior to surgery, each patient executed an assignment that read, in relevant part: “I authorize [the neurosurgery practice group] to appeal to my insurance company on my behalf.... I hereby assign to [the neurosurgery practice group] all payments for medical services rendered to myself or my dependents.” The neurosurgery practice group reserved the right to bill the patients for any amount not covered by their insurance. Following treatment, the insurer allegedly underpaid or refused to pay claims for each of the patients. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Malpractice-Unsterile Procedure

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an Illustrative Complaint for malpractice and negligence by physicians who performed a plastic surgery procedure, under allegedly unsterile conditions and with unsterile equipment, and the physicians and hospitals that treated the plaintiff’s infections. The plaintiff suffered septic shock, multi-organ failure, respiratory distress, amputations, skin grafts, and other catastrophic injuries. Click title to continue reading...