Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: February 06, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Magnetic Silica, Reagents Recall; Potential Inaccurate Test Results

On January 27, 2017, bioMerieux announced that it had recalled additional product lots and an additional product, the NucliSENS Magnetic Extraction Reagents, in relation to its previous recall for NucliSENS easyMAG Magnetic Silica. These products are intended for in vitro diagnostic use by health care professionals. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FDA Confirms Belladonna in Homeopathic Teething Products

On January 27, 2017, the FDA announced that its laboratory analysis found inconsistent amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, in certain homeopathic teething tablets, sometimes far exceeding the amount claimed on the label. The agency warned consumers that homeopathic teething tablets containing belladonna pose an unnecessary risk to infants and children and urged consumers not to use these products. Click title to continue reading...



Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Treating MRSA Recalled; Particulate Matter in Vial

On January 25, 2017, Hospira, Inc. recalled one lot of Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Injection, USP (NDC: 0409-6510-01, Lot 591053A, Expiry Date 1NOV2017), to the hospital/retail level due to a confirmed customer report of the presence of particulate matter within a single vial. The product is packaged in a carton containing 1x100 mL vials. The lot was distributed from August 2016 through September 2016 in the United States. Click title to continue reading...



Inpatient Hospitalization Costs Associated with Birth Defects

A new study published by the CDC on January 20, 2017, reported that, in the United States, major structural or genetic birth defects affect approximately 3% of live births and are responsible for 20% of infant deaths. Birth defects can affect persons across their lifespan and are the cause of significant lifelong disabilities. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Florida’s Statutory Foreign-Body Presumption Shifts Burden

A man was admitted to the hospital for a colon resection due to cancerous polyps. As part of the colon resection, a surgeon inserted a drainage tube into the man’s abdominal cavity to evacuate fluid post-operatively. Drainage tubes of this sort are usually removed after surgery at the direction of the surgeon. Click title to continue reading...



$25M Failure to Warn Verdict; Accutane Manufacturer, Distributor

A 24-year-old man was prescribed Accutane (isotretinoin), a prescription medication for the treatment of severe cases of acne. The warning label for Accutane included the risk of adverse side effects including potential gastrointestinal disorders. The man took daily doses of the medicine for four months. Click title to continue reading...



ERISA Preempted State Law Claims; Life Insurance Denial

An employee submitted an application to his employer for $150,000 in life insurance coverage for his wife. His employer sponsored and administered the life insurance program through an insurer. Six months after the application was submitted, the employer sent an acknowledgment letter to the employee and began withholding premiums from his pay shortly thereafter. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Client Letter: Guidance to Parkinson’s Patient

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative letter to an attorney’s client concerning certain legal, medical, and financial issues involving the client’s spouse who has Parkinson’s disease. Counsel is cautioned to consult the law of counsel’s jurisdiction as Medicaid is governed by both federal and state law. Click title to continue reading...