Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 09, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Hurricane Causes Shortages of Life-Saving Drugs Manufactured in Puerto Rico

On September 25, 2017, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., issued a statement regarding the FDA’s activities related to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico is home to a substantial base of manufacturing for critical medical products. The manufacturing facilities are a pivotal source of critical medical products worldwide. Helping to bring these resources back in operation is an important goal of the FDA. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


First Continuous Glucose Monitoring System; Reduced Need for Blood Sampling

On September 27, 2017, the FDA approved the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System, the first continuous glucose monitoring system that can be used by adult patients to make diabetes treatment decisions without calibration using a blood sample from the fingertip (often referred to as a “fingerstick”). Click title to continue reading...



Improved Access to Reports of Adverse Drug Reactions

On September 28, 2017, the FDA launched a new user-friendly search tool that improves access to data on adverse events associated with drug and biologic products through the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS). The tool is designed to make it easier for consumers, providers, and researchers to access this information. Click title to continue reading...



STDs at Record High; Epidemic Accelerating

On September 26, 2017, the CDC released a report that found that more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Failure to Screen and Treat Infant for Retinopathy of Prematurity

An infant was born at a gestational age between 23 weeks and one day and 24 weeks. The infant weighed 1.32 pounds. Due to medical problems, the infant suffered related to the premature birth, the infant was admitted to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Click title to continue reading...



Lack of Similar Colonoscopy Physician as Expert; Case Dismissal Reversed

A woman underwent a routine colonoscopy. The colonoscopy was performed by a general surgeon. Click title to continue reading...



Postjudgment Interest on Breach of Contract Judgment; Failure to Pay Hospital

A hospital provided medical services for a man and a woman in separate and unrelated circumstances. After the two people failed to pay for the services rendered, the hospital sued both people in separate actions for breach of contract. The man entered into a consent judgment in which he agreed to pay the hospital $850.00, plus court costs of $122.94. The hospital obtained a default judgment from the woman for an outstanding balance of $23,325.30. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Steroid Injection Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative complaint for malpractice in the administration of steroid injections. In this illustrative situation, a man being treated for severe back pain was administered multiple lumbar epidural steroid injections. Click title to continue reading...