Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: September 25, 2017

IN THE NEWS


High-Risk Infants: Early Peanut Introduction May Reduce Allergies

On September 7, 2017, the FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., issued a statement about a new qualified health claim advising that early introduction of peanuts to certain high-risk infants may reduce their risk of peanut allergy. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Diabetes Infusion Set Worldwide Recall; Fluid Blocks Vent Membrane

On September 12, 2017, Medtronic initiated a worldwide recall of specific lots of MiniMed infusion sets used with all models of Medtronic insulin pumps. Click title to continue reading...



New Treatment for Adults with Relapsed Follicular Lymphoma

On September 12, 2017, the FDA granted accelerated approval to Aliqopa (copanlisib) for the treatment of adults with relapsed follicular lymphoma who have received at least two prior treatments known as systemic therapies. Click title to continue reading...



Serious Illness Linked to Texas Raw Milk; Lifelong Infection

On September 15, 2017, the CDC and Texas health officials warned people who consumed raw milk or raw milk products from one Texas dairy to contact their health care provider immediately. Investigators from the CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) found that raw milk from the K-Bar Dairy in Paradise, Texas, (northwest of Fort Worth) tested positive for a rare but potentially serious bacteria known as Brucella RB51. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


$38M Verdict Upheld in Depakote Failure to Warn, Birth Defect Case

A pregnant epileptic woman was prescribed Depakote, an antiepileptic drug. Depakote’s label stated that there was clinical literature indicating “the use of antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy results in an increased incidence of birth defects,” Depakote had “a possible similar association” as other antiepileptic drugs to birth defects, and the Centers for Disease Control estimated the risk of pregnant women exposed to Depakote having children with spina bifida was 1 or 2 percent. Click title to continue reading...



Physician’s Statements in Patient’s ICU Room Protected by Apology Statute

A woman attempted suicide. The woman was transported to the emergency room (ER). From the ER, the woman was admitted to the hospital’s psychiatric unit. Click title to continue reading...



ALJ Erred In Rejecting Primary Care Physician’s Opinion; Multiple Disability Patient

An obese 65-year-old woman was last employed as a security guard approximately nine years prior to applying for Social Security disability benefits. The woman suffered from uncontrolled Type II diabetes, psoriasis, hypertension, high cholesterol, chronic lumbago, vertebral disc degeneration, psoriatic arthritis, and mild scoliosis. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Interrogatories to Defendant: Liposuction Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing illustrative interrogatories for litigation involving an injury allegedly sustained as the result of liposuction malpractice. In this illustrative situation, a cosmetic surgeon performed contraindicated and extreme liposuction surgery on a morbidly obese woman who was left with disfiguring scarring and necrosis, as well as permanent numbness in several areas of her body. Click title to continue reading...