Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: November 30, 2015

IN THE NEWS


First Genetically Engineered Animal for Food (Salmon); GE Food Safety

Based on sound science and a comprehensive review, the FDA is taking several important steps regarding food from genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals, including the first approval for a genetically engineered animal intended for food, AquAdvantage Salmon. The agency is also issuing two guidance documents for manufacturers who wish to voluntarily label their products as containing ingredients from GE or non-GE sources: a draft guidance on labeling foods derived from Atlantic salmon, and a final guidance on foods derived from GE plants. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FDA Approves Easy-to-Use Narcan Nasal Spray to Treat Opioid Overdose

The FDA has approved Narcan nasal spray, the first FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone hydrochloride, a life-saving medication for family members or first responders that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, as well as the illegal drug heroin. Click title to continue reading...



Crack Down by FDA on Dangerous Dietary Supplements

The FDA, in partnership with other government agencies, has announced the results of a yearlong sweep of dietary supplements to identify potentially unsafe or tainted supplements. The sweep resulted in civil injunctions and criminal actions against 117 various manufacturers and/or distributors of dietary supplements and tainted products falsely marketed as dietary supplements. Among the cases announced today is a criminal case charging USPlabs LLC and several of its corporate officers. USPlabs was known for its widely popular workout and weight loss supplements, which it sold under names such as Jack3d and OxyElite Pro. Click title to continue reading...



Over 14 Million Cancer Survivors Face Broad Challenges

About 14.5 million men, women, and children are living after being diagnosed with cancer in the United States. The number of cancer survivors — people who live after a cancer diagnosis — is expected to grow substantially over the next few decades as the U.S. population ages and as early detection methods and treatments continue to improve. Cancer survivors often face physical, emotional, social, and financial challenges as a result of their diagnosis and treatment. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Catheter Removal after Mitral Valve Repair; Nurse, Anesthesiologist Error

A woman underwent surgery to repair her mitral valve. During the procedure, a Swan-Ganz catheter was placed in the woman’s left subclavian vein. Click title to continue reading...



Net Opinion Rule Bars Expert on Ureter Damage during Ovary Removal

A woman underwent surgery to remove her right ovary. After the surgery, it was discovered that the woman’s right ureter was damaged. The woman underwent a second surgery to repair her right ureter. Click title to continue reading...



Liability Among Health Insurer, No-Fault Auto Insurer, and Skilled Nursing Facility

A woman was in a serious automobile accident and sustained grave injuries. She was covered under a health insurance policy and a no-fault coordinated automobile insurance policy that was designated excess and only paid for services not covered by her health insurance policy. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Pneumonia Complaint

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Medical Malpractice, Negligence, Respondeat Superior, Wrongful Death Complaint arising out of the failure to diagnose and treat pneumonia, resulting in the young patient’s acute respiratory distress syndrome and death. The complaint includes claims for physician malpractice (two physicians: an emergency doctor and a pulmonary specialist), hospital and nurse negligence or malpractice, and emergency services group and respiratory disorders clinic and critical care group respondeat surperior liability. Click title to continue reading...