Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 03, 2016

IN THE NEWS


FDA Approves Amjevita, Biosimilar to Humira, for Inflammatory Diseases

On September 23, 2016, the FDA approved Amjevita (adalimumab-atto) as a biosimilar to Humira (adalimumab) for multiple inflammatory diseases. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Pharm Products Recalled Due to Concern Over Lack of Sterility

On September 22, 2016, Wells Pharmacy Network of Ocala, FL, recalled all sterile human and veterinary products prepared between February 22, 2016, and September 14, 2016, and that remain within expiry. The recall was due to FDA concern over a lack of sterility. Click title to continue reading...



Expanded Indications for Drug for Rare Genetic Diseases

The FDA on September 22, 2016, approved three new indications for Ilaris (canakinumab). The new indications are for rare and serious auto-inflammatory diseases in adult and pediatric patients. The diseases are Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor Associated Periodic Syndrome (TRAPS), Hyperimmunoglobulin D Syndrome (HIDS)/Mevalonate Kinase Deficiency (MKD) and Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF). Click title to continue reading...



Falls are Leading Cause of Injury and Death in Older Americans

In 2014 alone, older Americans experienced 29 million falls causing seven million injuries and costing an estimated $31 billion in annual Medicare costs, according to a new report published on September 23, 2016, by the CDC. Every second of every day in the United States an older adult falls, making falls the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Discovery Rule Applied in Wrongful Death, Survival Actions for Medical Malpractice

A 90-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital for a rectal prolapse, a condition in which the rectum (the last part of the large intestine before it exits the anus) loses its normal attachments inside the body, allowing it to telescope out through the anus, thereby turning it inside out. Two days after she was admitted, she underwent a perineal proctectomy, a surgical operation to remove all or part of the rectum. Click title to continue reading...



Resident Not Bound by Nursing Home Arbitration Clause in Contract He Did Not Sign

A man was admitted to a nursing home. Upon admission, his son signed a contract with the nursing home providing for the father’s residency and care. The contract included an arbitration clause. The father did not sign the contract. Click title to continue reading...



Illinois Required to Arrange Private Duty Nursing

Illinois participates in Medicaid. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is the agency charged with carrying out the state’s duty to comply with the Medicaid Act. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Nurse Expert: Mastectomy Drains

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Plaintiff’s Nurse Expert Affidavit in a malpractice action involving a health provider’s negligent removal of surgical drains following the patient’s mastectomy and immediate reconstruction using TRAM, resulting in additional surgery. Click title to continue reading...