Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: September 04, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Almost Half of Mammography Inspections Deficient In First Six Months of New Standards

On August 25, 2017, the FDA’s Division of Mammography Quality Standards (DMQS) published its analysis of inspections performed under the Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program (EQUIP) initiative from January 1, 2017, through June 30, 2017. As of June 30, 2017, there had been 4,166 annual inspections performed under the EQUIP initiative. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 Becomes Law

On August 18, 2017, President Trump signed the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA). Click title to continue reading...



Prescription Opioid Medications to Treat Child Coughs Reevaluated

On August 21, 2017, the FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced that the FDA would be reevaluating prescription opioid medications approved to treat children’s coughs. Click title to continue reading...



Newborns Still Not Receiving Hearing and Heart Screenings

On August 24, 2017, the CDC published a report that highlighted the gaps in assessing point-of-care newborn screening for hearing loss (HL) and critical congenital heart disease (CCHD). Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Breast Cancer; Directed Verdict for Physician Reversed

A woman discovered a lump in the right breast. The woman’s primary care physician palpated the breast and felt a lump the primary care physician described as firm and movable. The primary care physician ordered a diagnostic mammogram and, if needed, an ultrasound or sonogram. Click title to continue reading...



Deceptive Marketing Claim Not Moot; Homeopathic Flu Pill

A homeopathic product manufacturer made an over-the-counter flu remedy. The remedy was made by mixing 1% duck hearts and livers with 99% water, repeating the dilution process 200 times, and then selling the result in pill form. The manufacturer claimed that the remedy had a therapeutic effect on flu symptoms. Click title to continue reading...



Medicaid Settlement Breach; Court of Federal Claims Jurisdiction

The Medicare program is administered by the Department of Health & Humans Services (HHS) through its agency, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Checklist: Liposuction Malpractice; Client Interview

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing a client interview checklist for litigation involving liposuction medical malpractice. In this illustrative situation, a cosmetic surgeon negligently performed liposuction surgery on the client who was left with disfiguring scarring and necrosis, as well as permanent numbness in several areas of the client’s body. Click title to continue reading...