Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: November 02, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Dangers of Decorative Contact Lense Use Without Prescription

Consumers may find it cool to have their favorite sports team’s logo on their eyes at the next big game; have deep violet eyes to match a purple sweater; or have Twilight vampire eyes next Halloween. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Drug for Advanced Pancreatic Cancer; 50,000 Cases In 2015

The FDA has approved Onivyde (irinotecan liposome injection), in combination with fluorouracil and leucovorin, to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) pancreatic cancer who have been previously treated with gemcitabine-based chemotherapy. Onivyde is marketed by Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Click title to continue reading...



Certain Hepatitis C Treatments Can Cause Serious Liver Injury

The FDA is warning that hepatitis C treatments Viekira Pak and Technivie can cause serious liver injury mostly in patients with underlying advanced liver disease. As a result, they are requiring the manufacturer to add new information about this safety risk to the drug labels. Click title to continue reading...



No Evidence Links Lyme Disease with Neurodegenerative Diseases

Associations between Lyme disease and certain neurodegenerative diseases have been proposed, but supportive evidence for an association is lacking. Similar geographic distributions would be expected if two conditions were etiologically linked. The absence of a positive correlation between the geographic distribution of Lyme disease and the distribution of deaths due to Alzheimer disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and Parkinson disease provides further evidence that Lyme disease is not associated with the development of these neurodegenerative conditions. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


$12M for Six-Hour Delay in Providing Plasma Therapy

A 49-year-old man began experiencing various unusual symptoms including nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, chills, and lightheadedness. When the symptoms did not dissipate over the next few days, he sought treatment from his primary care physician. The primary care physician diagnosed him with anxiety and prescribed him Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication. Click title to continue reading...



Amended Complaint Allowed After Limitation Lapse; Hip Fracture

A man riding his motorized dirt bike collided with a parked vehicle. He immediately felt pain on the right side of his body and was unable to rise on his own. His wife drove him to the emergency room, where he reported knee and pelvic pain to hospital personnel. He was admitted to the hospital and underwent knee surgery. Click title to continue reading...



Plastic Surgeon Sent Pictures of Patient’s Breasts To Employer; No Emotional Distress

A woman underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery on her left breast that included the insertion of an implant. Several years later, she grew concerned about the appearance of the reconstruction and the possibility that the implant had ruptured or shifted. She consulted a plastic surgeon employed by a university medical center to inquire about whether she should undergo corrective surgery. As part of the woman’s examination, photographs were taken of her naked breasts, from her neck to below her breasts. The woman’s face was not photographed, but her name was written on the picture. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Checklist: Physician-Dementia Case

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing a checklist of items a physician will want to consider when defending an action for medical malpractice or negligence in the diagnosis, care, or treatment of a patient with a dementia impairment. Click title to continue reading...