Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: April 03, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Breast Implants May Cause Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma

On March 21, 2017, the FDA concurred with the World Health Organization that breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a rare T-cell lymphoma that can develop following breast implants. At this time, most data suggest that BIA-ALCL occurs more frequently following implantation of breast implants with textured surfaces rather than those with smooth surfaces. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Parkinson’s Disease Drug Approved as Add-On Treatment

On March 21, 2017, the FDA approved Xadago (safinamide) tablets as an add-on treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease who are currently taking levodopa/carbidopa and experiencing “off” episodes. An “off” episode is a time when a patient’s medications are not working well, causing an increase in Parkinson’s symptoms, such as tremor and difficulty walking. Click title to continue reading...



New Drug for Epithelial Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, Peritoneal Cancers

On March 27, 2017, the FDA approved Zejula (niraparib) for the maintenance treatment (intended to delay cancer growth) of adult patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer, whose tumors have completely or partially shrunk (complete or partial response, respectively) in response to platinum-based chemotherapy. Click title to continue reading...



Increased Older Adult Hospitalizations and Deaths from Falls Causing Brain Injury

On March 17, 2017, the CDC published a report finding that between 2007 and 2013, the number and rate of older adult fall-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have increased substantially. Although considerable public interest has focused on sports-related concussion in youth, the findings in this report suggest that TBIs attributable to older adult falls, many of which result in hospitalization and death, should receive public health attention. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Expert Causation Opinion Deficient in Post-Hernia Repair Infection Malpractice

A man had a right inguinal hernia, a condition in which soft tissue bulges through a weak point in the abdominal muscles in the groin area. The man underwent a hernia repair with mesh. Click title to continue reading...



Summary Judgment Precluded to 911 Dispatchers; Fatal Delay

On a cold night, a woman called 911 to report that she had observed two women pull a snoring man, who was not fully dressed, out of a car, drag the man, and dump the man into a leaf pile on the street near the curb. Click title to continue reading...



Lawyer’s Disability Insurer Applied Incorrect Job Definition to “Own Occupation”

A woman worked at a law firm for more than 25 years. For many of those years, the lawyer was an equity partner. The lawyer became a non-equity partner and remained employed in that capacity for approximately six months. Over the course of the year during which the lawyer became a non-equity partner, the lawyer billed far fewer hours than in previous years. The lawyer’s income that year was only one-third of what it had been in the previous year. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Checklist: Lack of Consent for Autopsy

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative checklist for litigation involving lack of consent for an autopsy. The illustrative checklist may be used when deposing the defendant medical examiner. Party identifying information has been redacted to protect privacy. Click title to continue reading...