Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: May 08, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Pediatric General Anesthesia and Sedation Label Changes

On April 27, 2017, the FDA approved two previously announced label changes regarding the use of general anesthetic and sedation medicines in children younger than three years of age. First, the FDA added a new Warning stating that exposure to these medicines for lengthy periods of time or over multiple surgeries or procedures may negatively affect brain development in children younger than three years of age. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FDA Action Against Companies Selling Illegal Cancer Treatments

On April 25, 2017, the FDA posted warning letters addressed to 14 U.S.-based companies illegally selling more than 65 products that fraudulently claim to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure cancer. The products are marketed and sold without FDA approval, most commonly on websites and social media platforms. Click title to continue reading...



New Combination Treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia

On April 28, 2017, the FDA approved Rydapt (midostaurin) for the treatment of adult patients with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who have a specific genetic mutation called FLT3, in combination with chemotherapy. The drug is approved for use with a companion diagnostic, the LeukoStrat CDx FLT3 Mutation Assay, which is used to detect the FLT3 mutation in patients with AML. Click title to continue reading...



Occupational Fatalities from Falls in Oil and Gas Extraction Industry

On April 28, 2017, the CDC published a report that found that, between 2003 and 2013, fatality rates for oil and gas extraction workers decreased for all causes of death except those associated with fall events, which increased two percent annually. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Late Expert Affidavit for Negligent Hip Replacement Revision Results in Dismissal

A doctor performed a revision left total hip arthroplasty involving the femoral component, femoral head, and acetabular liner on a woman. Click title to continue reading...



New Theories at Second Trial Not Ground for New Trial or Sanctions

A man fell and injured the upper left extremity. Four days later, a doctor performed surgery to repair a left humerus fracture. The fracture did not heal. Click title to continue reading...



Hospital Sues for Impairing Lien for Care Costs before Death

A man was injured in an automobile accident. The man received treatment at a medical center for his injuries for 16 days. After 16 days, the man died of his injuries. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Dental Procedure Negligence, Breach of Contract

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative complaint for dental malpractice and breach of contract. In this illustrative situation, a patient sustained cranial mandibular cervix syndrome as a result of the dentist’s malpractice in performance of a procedure on the teeth of the patient’s upper jaw. Click title to continue reading...