Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: June 05, 2017

IN THE NEWS


First Treatment for Cancer Tumor with a Specific Genetic Biomarker

On May 23, 2017, the FDA granted accelerated approval to a treatment for patients whose cancers have a specific genetic feature (biomarker). This is the first time the agency has approved a cancer treatment based on a common biomarker rather than the location in the body where the tumor originated. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Physician Sample Bottles Recalled; Multiple Medications in Bottles

On May 26, 2017, AstraZeneca recalled one lot of professional (physician) sample bottles containing eight tablets of Brilinta (ticagrelor) 90 mg tablets. The recall followed a report that a professional sample bottle containing eight tablets of Brilinta 90 mg also contained another medicine called Zurampic (lesinurad) 200 mg tablets which was also manufactured by AstraZeneca. Click title to continue reading...



National Recall of Birth Control Pills; Out of Sequence Tablets; Contraception Failure

On May 25, 2017, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. recalled lot L600518, Exp 05/18 of Mibelas 24 Fe (Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol 1 mg/0.02 mg chewable and ferrous fumarate 75 mg) Tablets. A confirmed market complaint indicated a packaging error, where the blister was rotated 180 degrees within the wallet, reversing the weekly tablet orientation and making the lot number and expiration date no longer visible. Click title to continue reading...



US Death Rate from Alzheimer’s Disease Increases 55%

On May 25, 2017, the CDC published a report that found death rates from Alzheimer’s disease increased 55 percent —from 16.5 per 100,000 people in 1999 to 25.4 per 100,000 in 2014 after accounting for age. The number of Alzheimer’s deaths at home also increased during the same period, from 14 percent to 25 percent, suggesting an increase in the number of caregivers that would benefit from support, including education and case management services. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Failure to Diagnose Stroke Superseded by Subsequent Treatment; Indivisible Injury-Death

A man with moderate obesity, hypercholesterolemia (very high levels of cholesterol in the blood), hypertension, and a smoking habit, presented to the emergency room (ER) after slipping, falling, and hitting the back of the head while playing racquetball. The man complained of nausea and a headache. The man was discharged after treatment and a normal cranial CT scan. Click title to continue reading...



Failure to Communicate Aortic Aneurysm Diagnosis Not Fraudulent Concealment

A woman presented to a gastroenterologist complaining of abdominal pain. The gastroenterologist performed a physical examination that revealed a pulsating mass in the region of the mid-abdomen. The gastroenterologist noted that it might be the woman’s abdominal aorta and possibly an aneurysm. Click title to continue reading...



Health Insurer’s Rights Against Third-Party Tortfeasors Limited

A man was driving his moped when the man was struck by a woman driving an SUV. The man sustained serious injuries, including brain injury, traumatic hemorrhagic shock, acute respiratory failure, left tibial fracture, right fibula fracture, a compression fracture of the L2 vertebra, multiple wounds, and multiple hematomas. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Checklist: Drafting Dental Malpractice Complaint

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative checklist to be used by counsel drafting a complaint alleging medical malpractice involving a dental procedure. Party identifying information has been redacted to protect privacy. Click title to continue reading...