Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: November 09, 2015

IN THE NEWS


FDA Approves Two New Melanoma Treatments

The FDA has approved Imlygic (talimogene laherparepvec), the first FDA-approved oncolytic virus therapy, for the treatment of melanoma lesions in the skin and lymph nodes. An oncolytic virus is a virus that preferentially infects and kills cancer cells. As the infected cancer cells are destroyed by lysis, they release new infectious virus particles to help destroy the remaining tumor. Imlygic is manufactured by BioVex Inc., a subsidiary of Amgen Inc., based in Thousand Oaks, CA. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Epinephrine injection Device Recalled Due to Inaccurate Dosage Delivery

Sanofi US is voluntarily recalling all Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP). The recall involves all Auvi-Q currently on the market and includes both the 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg strengths for hospitals, retailers, and consumers. This includes lot numbers 2081278 through 3037230, which expire October 2015 through December 2016. The products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery, which may include failure to deliver the drug. Click title to continue reading...



Skippy Peanut Butter Recalled Due to Possible Metal Pieces

Hormel Foods Sales LLC is voluntarily recalling 153 cases, or 1,871 total pounds, of a single code date of SKIPPY Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread, due to the possibility that some jars may contain small pieces of metal shavings which were discovered on an in-line magnet check during routine cleaning. Foodborne objects that are greater than 7mm in length may cause injury such as severe choking with airway obstruction, gastrointestinal peroration, or secondary infection. Click title to continue reading...



Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Infections from Contaminated Steroid Injures 751

A CDC October 30, 2015 follow up report notes that during September 2012, the CDC, in collaboration with state and local health departments and the FDA, investigated a multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections among patients who received contaminated preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, MA. The investigation includes fungal meningitis (a form of meningitis that is not contagious), localized spinal or paraspinal infections, such as epidural abscess and arachnoiditis, and infections associated with injections in a peripheral joint space, such as a knee, shoulder, or ankle. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Mental Health Facility Gave Twice Maximum Drug Dosage; Discovery of Cause of Death

A 32-year-old man underwent in-patient mental health treatment to adjust his medications. When he checked in, the man weighed more than 400 pounds and had a history of mental health disorders, including manic depression and schizophrenia. Click title to continue reading...



Knee Replacement Manufacturer Pays $19M-Woman Injured Making Promo Video

A 67-year-old woman consulted an orthopedic surgeon about replacing her right knee due to damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Due to her RA, the woman had previously had her left knee replaced. The orthopedic surgeon was also a professional consultant for a medical device manufacturer. In that role, the orthopedic surgeon developed implantable prosthetic medical devices for sale by the medical device manufacturer. One device the orthopedic surgeon developed was an implantable knee designed specifically for women, because in his professional experience, although females comprised the majority of knee replacement patients, the availability of prosthetic devices specifically tailored to the female knee structure was limited. Click title to continue reading...



Third Party Assignee Payment to Acquire Lien for Medical Services Billed-Not Admissible

A woman sustained spinal injuries when her car was hit by another car. The woman sued the driver of the other car. The woman lacked medical insurance and contracted with her medical providers to treat her in exchange for a lien on whatever she might recover from the defendant in the lawsuit. A third party assignee purchased the lien from the medical providers for a discounted amount. The woman remained liable on the total bill. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Brief-Nursing Facility Dementia Resident Death

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing a defendant skilled nursing facility Illustrative Trial Brief in an elder abuse case involving a resident with dementia. Click title to continue reading...