Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: June 20, 2016

IN THE NEWS


Heart Problems from High Doses of Common Antidiarrheal

On June 6, 2016, the FDA warned that taking higher than recommended doses of the common over-the-counter and prescription diarrhea medicine loperamide (Imodium), including through abuse or misuse of the product, can cause serious heart problems that can lead to death. The risk of these serious heart problems, including abnormal heart rhythms, may also be increased when high doses of loperamide are taken with several kinds of medicines that interact with loperamide. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Serious Bleeding Risk with Antacids Containing Aspirin

On June 6, 2016, the FDA warned consumers about the risk of serious bleeding when using over-the-counter (OTC) aspirin-containing antacid products to treat heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion, or upset stomach. Many other products for these conditions are available that do not contain aspirin. Click title to continue reading...



FDA Approves Vaccine to Prevent Cholera for Travelers

On June 10, 2016, the FDA approved Vaxchora, a vaccine for the prevention of cholera caused by serogroup O1 in adults 18 through 64 years of age traveling to cholera-affected areas. Vaxchora is the only FDA-approved vaccine for the prevention of cholera. Click title to continue reading...



Water System Maintenance Needed to Prevent Legionnaires' Disease Outbreaks

More effective water management might have prevented most of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks the CDC investigated from 2000 through 2014, according to the June 7, 2016 CDC Vital Signs report. Problems identified in these building-associated outbreaks included inadequate disinfectant levels, human error, and equipment breakdowns that led to growth of Legionella bacteria in water systems. The CDC released a new toolkit to help building owner and managers prevent these problems. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Failure to Submit Expert Affidavits; Bowel Obstruction, Sepsis

A nursing home resident died from a bowel obstruction that progressed to sepsis. The woman’s estate filed a complaint alleging medical negligence against the nursing home. The complaint alleged that the nursing home breached the applicable standard of care by failing to prevent or detect a bowel obstruction, which proximately had caused the woman’s death from the bowel obstruction and sepsis. Click title to continue reading...



Connecticut Allows Hospital Apparent Agency Based on Reliance; Sponge Left After Gastric Bypass

A woman decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery. She selected the surgeon who performed the procedure because he had performed the procedure on her partner’s mother with good results and her research determined that he was considered to be the best gastric bypass surgeon in the state. Click title to continue reading...



Settlement of Michigan MFN Price Fixing Vacated and Remanded

An insurer controlled more than 60% of the commercial health insurance market in Michigan. The insurer insisted on “most favored nation” (MFN) agreements with hospitals in Michigan. Per the MFN agreements, the insurer agreed to raise its own reimbursement rates for each hospital’s services, so long as the hospital agreed to charge other commercial health insurers rates at least as high as the hospital charged the insurer. The insurer obtained MFN agreements with more than 40 hospitals, most of them small, community hospitals. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Genetic Testing Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Complaint in a malpractice action for failure to provide or recommend genetic testing, and other failures, in a case involving breast cancer. Click title to continue reading...