Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 02, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Failure to Comply with FDA Safety, Compliance Requirements; Criminal Action

On September 22, 2017, Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. agreed to plead guilty in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts to two misdemeanor counts of violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) involving the introduction of misbranded Juxtapid (lomitapide) into interstate commerce. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Incorrect Dose of Liver Medicine Increases Risk of Injury, Death

On September 21, 2017, the FDA warned that some patients with moderate to severe decreases in liver function are taking the incorrect dose of the liver disease medicine Ocaliva (obeticholic acid), resulting in an increased risk of serious liver injury and death. These patients are receiving excessive dosing, particularly a higher frequency of dosing than is recommended on the drug label. Click title to continue reading...



First Duodenoscope with Disposable Distal Cap

On September 20, 2017, the FDA approved the first duodenoscope with a disposable distal cap, a new feature that will improve access for cleaning and reprocessing. The Pentax ED34-i10T model duodenoscope is intended to provide visualization and access to the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract to treat bile duct disorders and other upper GI problems. Click title to continue reading...



Rural Americans Less Likely to Wear Seat Belts, More Likely to Die in Crash

On September 21, 2017, the CDC released a report that found adult motor vehicle drivers and passengers in America’s most rural counties had motor vehicle death rates three to ten times higher than those in the most urban counties. Click to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Placement of Nasogastric Tube Prior to Bowel Obstruction Surgery; Expert Issues

A surgeon performed a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and hernia repair on a man. The surgeon performed the gastric bypass procedure laparoscopically, but found it necessary to open the abdomen to complete the hernia repair. Click title to continue reading...



Tortious Interference With Next of Kin’s Right to Possess Decedent’s Body

A man died in his home at the age of 39. Two days later, the man’s body was transported to the county morgue. The coroner was unable to determine the cause of the man’s death. Click title to continue reading...



Unchanged Injury; No Grounds For Reopening Workers’ Comp Claim

A groundskeeper for a country club injured the left hand when the groundskeeper’s thumb got caught in the handle of a lawnmower. The groundskeeper filed an industrial injury claim with the Industrial Commission of Arizona. The groundskeeper’s claim was accepted as arising out of employment and the groundskeeper received compensation for the injury. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Checklist: Medical Record Review; Liposuction Malpractice Action

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 for the filing of a medical malpractice action involving injury caused by liposuction malpractice. Click title to continue reading...