Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: February 15, 2016

IN THE NEWS


Sweeping Review of FDA Opioid Policies

The FDA is very concerned about the growing epidemic of opioid abuse, dependence, and overdose in the United States. In response to this crisis, the agency has developed a comprehensive action plan to take concrete steps toward reducing the impact of opioid abuse on American families and communities. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Three Million Women Drink Alcohol During Pregnancy Exposing Babies to Risk

Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), which are physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities that last a lifetime. More than three million U.S. women are at risk of exposing their developing baby to alcohol because they are drinking, having sex, and not using birth control to prevent pregnancy. Click title to continue reading...



Prison for Imitation Prescription Drug Smuggling

The Department of Justice recently announced that an Athens, Texas woman has been sentenced to more than one year in prison for her role in the smuggling of imitation, unapproved, and misbranded prescription drugs from China. Click title to continue reading...



Organic Farm Pistachios Recalled; Possible Salmonella

Braga Organic Farms announces the voluntary recall of pistachios due to potential contamination with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the FDA revealed the presence of Salmonella in a one-pound package of raw pistachio kernels purchased online. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Neurologist Diagnosed Radiculopathy After Spinal Tap; Woman Died of DVT

A woman suffered from a neurological condition known as pseudotumor cerebri, which involves, among other symptoms, elevated pressure in a patient’s head that causes severe headaches. During her first appointment with a new neurologist, the neurologist recommended that she undergo a spinal tap because her pseudotumor cerebri symptoms were persisting. The spinal tap was performed and the results were conveyed to the neurologist. Click title to continue reading...



Malpractice Action Too Late Against Prescribers of Pain Medication; Drug Overdose

A man driving a motorcycle almost collided with a vehicle driven by a minor. The man was under the care of a doctor, her practice group, and a pain management clinic for chronic pain following an industrial accident eleven years before. He continued under their care for pain associated with the near collision. His care included taking narcotic pain medication prescribed by the doctor, her practice group, and a pain management clinic. Click title to continue reading...



Mild Intellectual Disability with Ten-Year Work History Insufficient Basis for Disability

A woman applied for disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income. She asserted that she was unable to work due to a back injury, arthritis, depression, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, problems with her hands and heels, and mild intellectual disability. She had been employed at a retail store for approximately ten years before the onset of the disability. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Brief: Infertility from Chemo

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Brief in support of the plaintiff's motion for reconsideration in this medical malpractice informed consent action in which the plaintiff, a sixteen year old male patient, became sterile from chemotherapy treatments as a direct result of the defendant's failure to properly advise him of the necessity of sperm banking or cryopreservation prior to the initiation of chemotherapy. The plaintiff alleged a failure on the part of the defendants to properly advise and/or counsel the plaintiff, which has rendered him unable to have children. Click title to continue reading...