Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: January 30, 2017

IN THE NEWS


FDA Approves Trulance for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation

On January 19, 2017, the FDA approved Trulance (plecanatide) for the treatment of Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) in adult patients. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Duodenoscope Issues; Infection Prevention Reprocessing

On January 17, 2017, the FDA provided an important update to its February 19, 2016, Safety Communication, informing users about a design issue with the PENTAX ED-3490TK duodenoscope that could increase the risk of patient infection. This communication contained updated recommendations to help prevent the spread of infection associated with the use of these devices. Click title to continue reading...



FDA’s Role in Increasing Diversity in Clinical Trials

On January 18, 2017, the New York Times published a letter to the editor titled “Diversity in Clinical Trials,” written by Dr. Robert Califf, Commissioner of the FDA, and Dr. Jonca Bull, Director of the FDA’s Office of Minority Health. The letter listed three priorities on which the FDA focused in order to ensure clinical trials of regulated medical products adequately reflected the patients likely to need them. Click title to continue reading...



Mosquitoes and Tick Virus Incidence; California and Other States High

A new study published by the CDC on January 20, 2017, reported that, during 2015, 45 states and the District of Columbia (DC) reported a total of 2,282 cases of domestic Arthropod-borne viral (arboviral) disease. Among these cases, 2,175 (95%) were irritative bladder symptoms (WNV) disease. Of the 2,282 total arboviral infections reported, 1,455 (67%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (meningitis, encephalitis, or acute flaccid paralysis). Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Damages for Reduced Bladder Capacity; Cesarean Hysterectomy

A 37-year-old woman became pregnant with her fourth child. During the course of the woman’s pregnancy, she was diagnosed with complete placenta previa, a situation where the placenta covers the opening in the mother’s cervix. Approximately 29 weeks pregnant, she was hospitalized for four days for vaginally bleeding secondary to placenta previa. Click title to continue reading...



Untimely Affidavits for New Trial Motion Not Fatal Defect; Quadriplegia Malpractice

A man filed a medical malpractice action against the hospital. The complaint alleged that the man was mishandled by an occupational therapist during a postoperative stay at the hospital. The hospital’s negligence caused spinal shock and bleeding, which in turn caused the man’s quadriplegia. Click title to continue reading...



Worker’s Compensation Denied for Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

After performing clerical work for 21 years, a woman filed an occupational disease claim complaining of numbness and tingling in the right pinkie and ring finger and pain in the elbow, upper arm, and shoulder. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Deposition: Parkinson’s Plaintiff

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing a deposition checklist of question topics to consider for the defendant to ask of the plaintiff in an action involving Parkinson’s disease (PD). The checklist contains general questions and sections containing detailed question topics involving Parkinson’s disease. Click title to continue reading...