Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: April 10, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Nationwide Voluntary Recall of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr

On March 31, 2017, the FDA alerted consumers to Meridian Medical Technologies’ recall of 13 lots of Mylan’s EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector products used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions. This recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the devices’ failure to activate. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Sheath Device Introducer Recall, Sheath Tip Separation During Use

On March 31, 2017, Merit Medical Systems Inc. recalled the Merit 7F Prelude Short Sheath Introducer due to a manufacturing defect which may cause the tip to separate from the sheath during the insertion procedure. If this occurs, the tip could enter the patient’s bloodstream. Click title to continue reading...



New Drug to Treat Multiple Sclerosis Approved

On March 29, 2017, the FDA approved Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) to treat adult patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) and primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS). This is the first drug approved by the FDA for PPMS. Ocrevus is an intravenous infusion given by a health care professional. Click title to continue reading...



CDC Study Finds Flu Vaccine Saves Children’s Lives

On April 3, 2017, the CDC published a first of its kind report that showed that flu vaccination significantly reduced a child’s risk of dying from influenza. The study, which looked at data from four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014, found that flu vaccination reduced the risk of flu-associated death by half (51 percent) among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions and by nearly two-thirds (65 percent) among healthy children. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Bowel Tear During Hysterectomy Within Standard of Care

A woman had a blood clot in the portal vein, a vein from the small intestine that branches in the liver and ends in capillary-like sinusoids that convey the blood to the inferior vena cava through the veins in the liver. The clot impaired the woman’s liver function. Click title to continue reading...



Bowel Injury During Hysterectomy; Risks and Complications Evidence Inadmissible

An OB/GYN surgeon was supposed to perform a hysterectomy on a woman. After the woman was administered general anesthesia, the OB/GYN surgeon, using an open laparoscopic technique, made an incision in the woman’s abdomen. While opening the sheath of the peritoneum, the OB/GYN surgeon smelled fecal matter and suspected that the woman’s bowel had been severed. The OB/GYN surgeon abandoned the hysterectomy and consulted a general surgeon Click title to continue reading...



Reduction by 20% in Cervical Spine Range of Motion Constituted Serious Injury

A woman was struck from behind by a vehicle. The woman sued the estate of the driver and the owner of the vehicle. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Checklist: Refusal to Consent to Autopsy

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative checklist for litigation involving refusal to provide 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...