Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: March 27, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Increased Cardiac Events with Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold

On March 18, 2017, the FDA warned that there is an increased rate of major adverse cardiac events observed in patients receiving the Absorb GT1 Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS), when compared to patients treated with the approved metallic XIENCE drug-eluting stent. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Risk of Pancreatitis in Patients without Gallbladder on IBS Drug

On March 15, 2017, the FDA warned that Viberzi (eluxadoline), a medicine used to treat irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D), should not be used in patients who do not have a gallbladder. An FDA review found these patients have an increased risk of developing serious pancreatitis that could result in hospitalization or death. Click title to continue reading...



Implantable Infusion Pump Recall; Failure of Priming Bolus; Improper Dosing

On March 14, 2017, Medtronic recalled the SynchroMed Implantable Infusion Pump because a software problem may cause unintended delivery of drugs during a priming bolus procedure, used to quickly deliver large dose of medication from the device to the patient’s spine. Click title to continue reading...



Predictors such as First Prescription Duration Affect Long-Term Opioid Use

On March 17, 2017, the CDC published a report that found people were more likely to use opioid pain relievers for a year or more when their first prescription supply exceeded 10 or 30 days, when a patient received a third prescription, or when the cumulative dose over the first episode of opioid use was 700 morphine milligram equivalents or more. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Medical Records Late Drafting Went to Doctor Credibility, Was Not Records Tampering

A fifty-two-year-old woman saw a certified internal medicine specialist as her primary care physician. The internal medicine specialist treated the woman for headaches and a ringing in her head. Click title to continue reading...



Broad Claims Against Hospital Sufficient Notice Claims Related to Nurses

A man underwent shoulder surgery. After the surgery, the man developed an infection. The infection required several additional surgeries and treatment to resolve. Click title to continue reading...



Insurer Had No Right to Intervene in Medical Malpractice Action

A woman underwent an abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a “tummy tuck.” The surgeon was assisted by his wife, acting as a physician’s assistant (PA), during the procedure. Shortly after the procedure, the woman developed an infection and other complications. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Checklist: Negligent Autopsy

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative checklist for litigation involving a negligent autopsy. The illustrative checklist may be used when conducting the initial plaintiff interview, to aid discovery, when considering trial evidence, and to aid the pleading of a cause of action for negligent autopsy. Click title to continue reading...