Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: June 13, 2016

IN THE NEWS


FDA Evaluating Risk of Burns and Scars from Migraine Patch

On June 2, 2016, the FDA announced that it is investigating the risk of serious burns and potential permanent scarring with the use of the Zecuity (sumatriptan iontophoretic transdermal system) patch for migraine headaches. Since marketing of the Zecuity patch began in September 2015, a large number of patients have reported they experienced burns or scars on the skin where the patch was worn. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Flour Recalled Due to Possible E. coli O121 Contamination

On May 31, 2016, General Mills recalled Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. General Mills announced that it is collaborating with health officials to investigate an ongoing, multistate outbreak of E. coli O121 that may be potentially linked to Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour (sold in Safeway, Albertsons, Jewel, Shaws, Vons, United, Randalls, and Acme). Click title to continue reading...



First Test to Detect Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Gene Mutation

On June 1, 2016, the FDA approved the cobas EGFR Mutation Test v2, a blood-based companion diagnostic for the cancer drug Tarceva (erlotinib). This is the first FDA-approved, blood-based genetic test that can detect epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene mutations in non-small cell lung cancer patients. These mutations are present in approximately 10-20% of non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC). Click title to continue reading...



Sepsis Kills Muhammad Ali and 258,000 Americans Annually

On June 3, 2016, boxing legend Muhammad Ali died after a short hospitalization for a respiratory ailment. He had previous hospitalizations but this one progressed to sepsis and led to his death from septic shock. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Sepsis Malpractice Case New Trial Did Not Trigger High/Low Settlement Agreement

A woman presented to a clinic with several symptoms, including lower abdominal pain, cramping, and nausea. The clinic advised her to go to the emergency room (ER). An ER doctor evaluated and discharged her. Click title to continue reading...



Palate Surgery Failure; Incorrect Recovery Position; Immunity

A man underwent a complex and lengthy surgery lasting over 12 hours to reconstruct his hard and soft rear palates, i.e., the back of his mouth. The surgery was performed at a state university’s teaching hospital. The man’s surgery included making an incision in his neck to permit the insertion of a ventilator tube. Following the surgery, the man was taken to the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit (STICU) for recovery. Click title to continue reading...



Disability Benefits Denied; Adequate Record Developed

A 56-year-old man with an eleventh-grade education and past work experience as a farm worker, applied for Social Security disability insurance benefits (DIB) alleging disability due to gout, arthritis, back pain, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. His application was denied initially and again upon reconsideration. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Genetics Expert Examination

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing a Checklist for an illustrative direct examination of a genetics expert witness for the plaintiff-patient. Click title to continue reading...