Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: September 11, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Gene Therapy Treats Childhood Leukemia

On August 30, 2017, the FDA approved Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel), a cell-based gene therapy, for the treatment of patients up to 25 years of age with B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Therapy Approved for Adult Rapidly Progressing Leukemia

On September 1, 2017, the FDA approved Mylotarg (gemtuzumab ozogamicin) for the treatment of adults with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) whose tumors express the CD33 antigen (CD33-positive AML). The FDA also approved Mylotarg for the treatment of patients aged 2 years and older with CD33-positive AML who have experienced a relapse or who have not responded to initial treatment (refractory). Click title to continue reading...



Antibacterial Drug Approved to Treat Urinary Tract Infections

On August 29, 2017, the FDA approved Vabomere for adults with complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI), including a type of kidney infection, pyelonephritis, caused by specific bacteria. Vabomere is a drug containing meropenem, an antibacterial, and vaborbactam, which inhibits certain types of resistance mechanisms used by bacteria. Click title to continue reading...



CDC Urges Early Recognition, Prompt Treatment of Sepsis

On August 31, 2017, the CDC launched “Get Ahead of Sepsis,” an educational initiative to protect Americans from the devastating effects of sepsis. This initiative emphasizes the importance of early recognition and timely treatment of sepsis, as well as the importance of preventing infections that could lead to sepsis. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Pro Se Surviving Spouse in Wrongful Death Suit-Not Decedent’s Legal Representative

A woman was admitted to the hospital for elective colon surgery. After the surgery, the woman developed medical complications. Fifteen days after the surgery, after the woman had endured several days of vomiting, diarrhea, and piercing abdominal pain, the woman was transferred by helicopter to a medical center for emergency surgery. Click title to continue reading...



Autoimmune Disease Patient on Immunosuppressant Dies; Pneumonitis; Evidence Issues

A man presented to the hospital complaining of coughing, shortness of breath, and chest pain. The man was seen by a physician’s assistant (PA). Following the PA’s initial clinical examination, the PA noted that the man did not physically appear ill, exhibited no confusion, kidney dysfunction or blood pressure abnormalities, and had a temperature of only 99.5 degrees. Click title to continue reading...



Health Insurer Self-Dealing with Affiliates; Class Certification

One of the nation’s largest health insurance providers contracted with outside affiliates for prescription drug services, claim payments, and other administrative work. These relationships were often not at arm’s length. The health insurance provider owned or controlled these affiliates and placed its officers on their boards. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Liposuction Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative complaint for malpractice involving liposuction. In this illustrative situation, a morbidly obese woman sustained severe injuries as a result of contraindicated and extreme liposuction. The woman sued the surgeon and the cosmetic surgery center for negligence. Party identifying information has been redacted to protect privacy. Click title to continue reading...