Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: July 10, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Marketing of Leukemia and Lymphoma Test Allowed by FDA

On June 29, 2017, the FDA allowed marketing of ClearLLab Reagents (T1, T2, B1, B2, M), the first agency-authorized test for leukemias and lymphomas using flow cytometry, a technology that is used to analyze the physical and chemical characteristics of particles in a fluid as it passes through at least one laser. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Nationwide Drug Shortages from Hospira Lack of Sterility Assurance

On June 27, 2017, PharMEDium Services became the latest drug manufacturer or compounder to recall products due to Hospira’s June 15, 2017, recall. Fagron Sterile Services, Advanced Pharma, and Alvogen previously recalled products because the products contained material subject to Hospira’s recall. Click title to continue reading...



FDA To Eliminate Orphan Drug Designation Backlog

On June 29, 2017, the FDA unveiled a strategic plan to eliminate the agency’s existing orphan designation request backlog and ensure continued timely response to all new requests for designation with firm deadlines. Click title to continue reading...



Older Diabetics Likely to Reduce or Delay Medication to Save Money

On June 30, 2017, the CDC published a report that found diabetic adults aged 45–64 years who were prescribed any medication were almost twice as likely as those without diabetes to have reduced or delayed medication (18.8% compared with 9.6%) to save money in the past 12 months. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Evidence of Insurance and Drug Costs; Collateral Source Rule

A 30-year-old woman presented to a nurse practitioner for a prenatal care appointment. The nurse practitioner’s notes indicated the fetus was at risk for Down syndrome due to the woman’s advanced age, the woman wanted the fetus tested, and the woman would abort for an abnormality. Click title to continue reading...



Notice of Intent Filed on Last Day of Limitations Period; Tolling

A man presented to the emergency room (ER) complaining of abdominal pain and gastrointestinal distress. The man underwent a CT scan. The radiologist who reviewed the CT scan found nothing remarkable. The man was discharged. Click title to continue reading...



Fracture, Diabetes, RA, Gout Subjective Complaints; Denial of Disability Benefits and SSI

A 61-year-old man was involved in a motorcycle accident. The man suffered a severely comminuted, closed, left tibia/fibula fracture for which the man underwent immediate intramedullary nailing without complications. Approximately nine months after the left leg surgery, the man’s orthopedic surgeon released the man to resume full work activities. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Negligence

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative complaint for litigation involving injury sustained as the result of concussive injuries to college athletes. This complaint notes that “[c]ontemporary studies have confirmed the long-term physical and psychological effects of concussions, linking repeated concussive trauma with an increased risk of depression, dementia, suicide, as well as the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (“CTE”), a degenerative brain disease marked by the appearance of tau protein deposits on the brain. Click title to continue reading...