Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 30, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Gene Therapy Approved to Treat Adults with Lymphoma

On October 18, 2017, the FDA approved Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel), a cell-based gene therapy, to treat adult patients with certain types of large B-cell lymphoma who have not responded to or who have relapsed after at least two other kinds of treatment. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Injectable Drug Products National Recall; Microbial Contamination

On October 20, 2017, SCA Pharmaceuticals LLC issued a nationwide recall of its injectable drug products to the hospital level. The products may contain microbial contamination. Click title to continue reading...



Medical Device Manufacturing in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

On October 20, 2017, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., issued a statement regarding the recovery of the medical device manufacturing industry in Puerto Rico. During the weeks since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the infrastructure of Puerto Rico, the FDA worked to minimize shortages of medical devices manufactured at facilities on the island. Click title to continue reading...



Updated Guidance for Infants Born to Zika Infected Mothers

On October 19, 2017, the CDC issued updated interim clinical guidance for healthcare providers caring for infants born to mothers with possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy. This update included information that became available after the August 2016 release of the previous guidance. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Challenging Expert Affidavit Not Prerequisite; Dismissal for Unqualified Expert; Bed Sore

A woman underwent surgery. After the operation, the hospital placed the women in a medically-induced coma in the intensive care unit (ICU). While the woman was in the coma, the woman developed a pressure ulcer over the tailbone. Click title to continue reading...



Transvaginal Mesh Plaintiffs’ Verdicts Affirmed; Failure to Warn

A woman suffered from pelvic organ prolapse (POP), which occurs when pelvic floor muscles become weak or dysfunctional and cease supporting the organs in the pelvic area, causing connective tissue attachments to stretch or break, and allowing the uterus, the bladder, and/or the rectum to drop into the vaginal canal. Click title to continue reading...



Disability Benefits Accrued Upon Injury, Not After Demotion

An employee sustained a back injury at work while moving a surgical chair and cabinet. The injury negatively impacted the employee’s ability to lift, bend, stoop, carry, push, and pull. Subsequently, the employee experienced long-term back pain and spasms. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Checklist: Expert Deposition-Steroid Injection Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing a checklist to be used by counsel preparing a defendant’s expert witness for deposition in a medical malpractice action involving steroid injections. This checklist focuses on the case of a women who was treated with epidural steroid injections for spinal stenosis Click title to continue reading...