Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: June 12, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Implantable Spinal Fusion Stimulators Recall; Chemicals Toxic to Tissues

On May 30, 2017, Zimmer Biomet recalled their SpF PLUS-Mini and SpF XL IIb Implantable Spinal Fusion Stimulators due to higher than allowed levels of potential harmful chemicals, which may be toxic to tissues and organs (cytotoxicity). The cytotoxic chemicals were found during the company’s routine monitoring procedure. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FDA Expands Use of Sapien 3 Artificial Heart Valve

On June 5, 2017, the FDA approved an expanded indication for the Sapien 3 Transcatheter Heart Valve (THV) for patients with symptomatic heart disease due to failure of a previously placed bioprosthetic aortic or mitral valve whose risk of death or severe complications from repeat surgery is high or greater. Click title to continue reading...



Creation of Supply Chain Security Toolkit for Medical Products

On May 30, 2017, the FDA unveiled its Supply Chain Security Toolkit. As the medical products industry has become more globalized and specialized, countries must increasingly rely on the global marketplace to provide the medical products needed to keep consumers healthy and ensure that access to legitimate products is not disrupted. Click title to continue reading...



Drug-Resistant Invasive Pneumococcal Bacteria Increased After Vaccine

On May 25, 2017, the CDC published a report that found a nonvaccine, penicillin-nonsusceptible strain of pneumococcal bacteria that causes invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) increased during the years that pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine was available (2001–2009) and increased further after implementation of pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine in 2010. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Excluding Testimony of Surprise Witness Held Appropriate Sanction

A man presented to a doctor complaining of neck and back pain. The doctor diagnosed the man with degenerative disc disease and performed posterior cervical spine surgery to repair the discs. Approximately two weeks after the surgery, the man experienced many complications leading to another hospitalization and another back surgery. Click title to continue reading...



Expert Testimony Reliable; Drugs Caused Rare Cancer

A 12-year-old boy suffered from inflammatory bowel disease. For many years he was treated with a combination of drugs that included mercaptopurine (6–MP), an immunosuppressant, and one of a class of drugs known as thiopurines, and the tumor necrosis factor alfa antagonist (anti-TNF) drug infliximab, marketed as Remicade. Click title to continue reading...



ALJ Disregarded Treating Doctors; Denial of Disability Benefits Reversed

A woman applied for disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The applications alleged her disability began about 19 months prior to her applying and were due to obesity, degenerative disc disease, degenerative joint disease/ thoracic outlet syndrome, diabetes mellitus, lupus, and depression with complaints of anxiety. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Asthma Treatment Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative complaint for malpractice associated with the treatment of asthma. In this illustrative situation, a patient sustained permanent damage to an optic nerve as a result of the doctor’s malpractice in performance of a procedure involving the injection of medication into the patient’s facial nerves for the purpose of killing the nerves to relieve the patient’s asthma symptoms. Click title to continue reading...