Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: May 22, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Device to Treat Esophageal Birth Defect in Infants Approved by FDA

On May 12, 2017, the FDA authorized use of the Flourish Pediatric Esophageal Atresia Anastomosis, a first-of-its-kind medical device to treat infants up to one year old for a birth defect that causes a gap in the esophagus, called esophageal atresia. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Pharmacy Mislabeled Repackaged Sedatives and Antidepressants; Risk of Overdose

On May 8, 2017, C.O. Truxton expanded its recall of lot 70952A of Phenobarbital Tablets, USP, 15 mg, to all products that were repackaged into a Truxton Incorporated label. Click title to continue reading...



Transitioning from Batch to Continuous Drug Manufacturing

On May 10, 2017, the FDA published a report that stated that pharmaceutical manufacturers are in the process of transitioning to a different manufacturing process that may improve product quality and address many of the underlying causes of drug shortages and recalls. Click title to continue reading...



New Hepatitis C Infections Nearly Tripled Over Five Years

On May 11, 2017, the CDC released new preliminary surveillance data that showed that in over just five years the number of new hepatitis C virus infections reported to the CDC nearly tripled, reaching a 15-year high. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Transvaginal Mesh Failure to Warn Claim Fails

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when a woman has weak vaginal walls that allow adjoining organs, the uterus, the bladder, and/or the rectum, to drop into the vaginal canal. Stress urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine with physical activity. If noninvasive treatments are not effective, there are various surgical options for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. Click title to continue reading...



Wrongful Death; Failure to Diagnose Incompetent Cervix

A 33-year-old woman became a patient at an obstetrics-gynecology practice when the woman was six weeks pregnant. The woman had two prior miscarriages and had previously undergone a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) to remove abnormal tissue from the cervix. Undergoing a LEEP procedure can place a woman at risk for a medical condition known as an incompetent or insufficient cervix in which the cervix is too weak, without medical intervention, to support a pregnancy to term. Click title to continue reading...



Workers’ Compensation Denial Upheld Despite Contrary Independent Medical Exam

While working at a home improvement store, a man lost his footing, spraining the left ankle and fracturing the large toe on the left foot. A doctor directed the man to wear a controlled ankle movement (CAM) walking boot to immobilize the foot and ankle and to elevate the injury. Eight days later, the man was examined by a physician who concluded that the man’s varicose veins in the left leg put the man at elevated risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Interrogatories: Dental Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing illustrative interrogatories for a defendant dentist in a medical malpractice action involving a dental procedure. These interrogatories may be used to determine what information the defendant dentist gathered and relied upon in making a diagnose and designing a course of treatment, as well as what information the defendant dentist provided to the patient-plaintiff in obtaining consent for the proposed treatment plan. Click title to continue reading...