Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: August 28, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Thoracic Endovascular Graft Recall; Blood Clots In Implant

On August 16, 2017, Cook Medical Inc. recalled the Zenith Alpha Thoracic Endovascular Graft when used for the treatment of Blunt Traumatic Aortic Injury (BTAI) because blood clots (thrombus) may form inside the device after implantation. Cook Medical is also aware of reported cases where the graft became blocked or closed (occlusion) when used to treat BTAI. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Anxiety Disorder Drug Recall; Misprinted Dosing Droppers

On August 16, 2017, Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC recalled 13 lots of Lorazepam Oral Concentrate, USP 2mg/mL, due to a defect in the dropper markings. The Lorazepam Oral Concentrate, USP 2mg/mL, product is packaged with a dosing dropper. In a few instances, the dropper was printed with the dose markings in reverse number order, had no dose markings, or had dose markings that were shifted. Click title to continue reading...



New Treatment for Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Approved

On August 17, 2017, the FDA approved Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin) for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Click title to continue reading...



Adolescent Contact Lens Wearers Report Habits Causing Infections

On August 17, 2017, the CDC published a report that found more than 6 in 7 adolescents (85 percent) who wear contact lenses report at least one habit that increases the chance of an eye infection. Eye infections can lead to serious problems, including blindness. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Hematologist Qualification As Expert; Maternal-Fetal Blood

A pregnant woman became a patient of a practice group of obstetricians and gynecologists. Five obstetricians in the practice group were involved in the woman’s treatment. Click title to continue reading...



Physician Not Dismissed as Juror; Failure to Diagnose Diverticulitis

A woman who had recently been diagnosed with diverticulitis by her primary care physician went to the emergency room (ER). The ER physician examined the woman and took a history. The woman told the ER physician about the diagnosis of diverticulitis. The ER physician diagnosed and treated the woman for irritable bowel syndrome. Click title to continue reading...



Noncontract Providers Must Exhaust Remedies Before Suing; Medicare Part C

Eleven hospitals provided medical care to Medicare Part C enrollees after being authorized to do so by a Medicare Advantage Organization (MAO), a private insurance company that manages the Medicare benefits of Part C enrollees. The MAO reimbursed the hospitals in full. Several years later the MAO recouped a substantial portion of these payments through offsets, claiming they were not authorized under Part C of the Medicare Act. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Checklist: Medical Record Review; Spinal Cord Injury Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing a checklist to be used by counsel for the review of medical records in preparation of the filing of a medical malpractice complaint or petition involving a spinal cord injury. In this illustrative situation, a woman who was in a vehicular accident sustained a spinal cord injury. Click title to continue reading...