Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: August 07, 2017

IN THE NEWS


FDA Regulations on E-Cigarettes Delayed; Tobacco Death Reduction Plan

Under the guise of a broad plan to reduce tobacco deaths, on July 28, 2017, the FDA delayed regulations that could have removed many electronic cigarettes and cigars from the market and opened the door to endorsing e-cigarettes as a means to get smokers to quit. The e-cigarette and cigar industries were facing a 2018 deadline for manufacturers to seek approval to sell any product that entered the market after February 15, 2007. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Muscle Spasm and Parkinson’s Drugs Recall; Deadly Syndrome

On July 28, 2017, Apace Packaging LLC recalled one lot of Cyclobenzaprine HCl Tablets and one lot of Amantadine HCl Capsules due to potential mislabeling. A small number of cartons containing Cyclobenzaprine HCl Tablets 5 mg UD Blister Cards may be mislabeled as Amantadine HCl Capsules, USP 100 mg. Click title to continue reading...



Compounded Eye Injections Lead To Serious Vision Problems

On July 28, 2017, the FDA announced that it had received adverse event reports on April 5 and June 1, 2017, concerning at least 43 patients who were administered intravitreal (eye) injections of a drug containing triamcinolone (steroid) and moxifloxacin (anti-infective) compounded by Guardian Pharmacy Services in Dallas, Texas. Click title to continue reading...



Outpatient Intra-Articular Injections; Septic Arthritis Outbreak

On July 28, 2017, the CDC published a report describing cases of septic arthritis in patients who had received injections for knee pain. On March 6, 2017, a county health department notified the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) that three patients were hospitalized for septic arthritis. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Negligent Brain Embolization; Autopsy Consent; Limitations

A nine-year-old girl was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), an abnormal connection between arteries and veins, bypassing the capillary system, in the brain. To treat the AVM, the girl underwent several embolization treatments, also known as embolotherapy or endovascular therapy. Click title to continue reading...



No Breach of Care in Treatment of Pressure Ulcers Leading to Sepsis, Death

A 68-year-old morbidly obese woman with diagnosed degenerative joint disease, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and gout, as well as a history of diabetic coma, stroke, and heart bypass surgery, was admitted to the hospital with severe hip pain. The woman had been unable to walk for three days due to severe pain in the left hip. Click title to continue reading...



If Continuing Education After TBI Is Vocational Rehabilitation-Jury Question

A man sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of a motor vehicle accident. The man was employed as an emergency room physician on an independent contractor basis on the date of the accident. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Spinal Cord Injury Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative complaint for malpractice resulting in spinal cord injury. In this illustrative situation, a man sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of the paramedics’ malpractice in treating the man at the accident scene and transporting him to the hospital. Click title to continue reading...