Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: August 21, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Liquid-Filled Intragastric Balloon Systems; Obesity Treatment Deaths

On August 10, 2017, the FDA warned health care providers of five reports of unanticipated deaths that occurred since 2016 in patients with liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems used to treat obesity. Four reports involved the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System, manufactured by Apollo Endo Surgery. One report involved the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System, manufactured by ReShape Medical Inc. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Antidepressants Mislabeled As Sodium Recalled; Serious Injury

On August 10, 2017, International Laboratories, LLC, recalled one lot of Pravastatin Sodium Tablets USP 40 mg due to mislabeling. The product was labeled as Pravastatin Sodium Tablets USP 40 mg but contained Bupropion Hydrochloride XL 300 mg tablets. Click title to continue reading...



Potential Contamination in Stool Softeners and Vitamins; Infections

On August 11, 2017, the FDA advised consumers and health care professionals not to use any liquid drug or dietary supplement products manufactured by PharmaTech LLC of Davie, Florida, and labeled by Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals, and Leader Brands, due to potential contamination with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) and the risk for severe patient infection. Click title to continue reading...



More Americans Have Epilepsy Than Ever Before

On August 10, 2017, the CDC published a report that found the number of U.S. adults and children with epilepsy is increasing, with at least 3.4 million people living with the disorder. The report also marks the first time epilepsy estimates have been available for every state. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Directed Verdict For Prescreening Anesthesiologist

A 45-year-old woman had a two and one-half inch, non-aggressive, cancerous tumor in the skull. The woman’s primary care physician cleared the woman for surgery. Click title to continue reading...



Patient’s Direction To Not Use Urinary Cather Ignored; Expert Not Required

In preparation for an appendectomy, a man informed members of the nursing and support staff that the man did not want a urinary catheter inserted. A mask was placed over the man’s face and gas was administered that caused the man to be rendered unconscious. Click title to continue reading...



Clearing Medicaid Reimbursement Backlog; Finding of Possibility

Congress established an administrative appeals process for denied Medicare reimbursement claims and directed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to complete that process within a specified timeframe. Starting in fiscal year 2011, an unexpected and dramatic uptick in appeals produced a jam in the process. As of June 2, 2017, there was a backlog of 607,402 appeals awaiting de novo review by an administrative law judge (ALJ). Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Checklist: Defense Expert Deposition; Spinal Cord Injury

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing a checklist to be used by counsel preparing a defendant’s expert witness for deposition in a medical malpractice action involving a spinal cord injury. This checklist focuses on a case involving an allegation of spinal cord injury caused by a chiropractor’s failure to (1) properly diagnose the plaintiff’s injury, and (2) treat the injury in accordance with the standard of care for the plaintiff’s condition. Counsel should conduct an extensive review of the plaintiff’s medical records to properly prepare the expert for deposition. Click title to continue reading...