Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: May 01, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Warning: Codeine and Tramadol Use in Children and Nursing Mothers

On April 20, 2017, the FDA required a series of changes to the labeling of two types of opioid medications – codeine (found in some prescription pain and cough medicines and some over-the-counter cough medicines) and tramadol (found in some prescription pain medicines). The changes were designed to help protect children from serious risks associated with these medications. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Drug Compounding Regulation Three Years After the Drug Quality and Security Act

On April 20, 2017, the FDA published a review of its work to mitigate the public health risks associated with compounded drugs pursuant to the Drug Quality and Security Act. Just over three years ago, Congress amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) by enacting the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA). Click title to continue reading...



Dextrose Injection for Infants Recalled Due to Particulate Matter

On April 24, 2017, Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, recalled one lot of 25% Dextrose Injection, USP, (Infant) pre-filled syringe to the hospital/user level due to the presence of particulate matter, identified as human hair, found within an internal sample syringe. Click title to continue reading...



Restaurant Allergy Practices Fail to Reduce Risk of Allergic Reactions

On April 21, 2017, the CDC published a report concluding that most restaurants fail to take sufficient measures to reduce the potentially fatal risk of allergic reaction among their patrons. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Fistula After Cesarean; Woman’s Expert Insufficient

A woman underwent a cesarean section. Four months later the woman was diagnosed, via laparoscopic surgery, with the fistula. The woman underwent an extensive resection of the cecum, appendix, and intestines. Click title to continue reading...



Expert Plastic Surgeon’s Knowledge of Procedure Stale; Breast Reduction Nipple Graft

A woman underwent bilateral breast reduction surgery. Because so much breast tissue needed be removed, the appropriate procedure involved a free nipple graft, which means the nipple and areola are completely cut away, and once breast tissue is removed, the nipple and areola are then grafted back onto the remaining breast. Click title to continue reading...



FEHBA’s Express Preemption Provision Preempts Anti-Subrogation Laws

The Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959 (FEHBA) authorizes the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to contract with private carriers for federal employees’ health insurance. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Motion: Request for Declaratory Judgment-Abandoned Corpse

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative motion requesting declaratory judgment and an order of the court. In this illustrative case, a hospital sought an order from the court requiring the county’s medical examiner to accept an abandoned corpse from the hospital’s morgue. Click title to continue reading...