Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: November 27, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Pill Digitally Tracks if Patients Ingested Medication

On November 13, 2017, the FDA approved the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) has an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill that records that the medication was taken. The product is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder, and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Illegal Use of Injectable Silicone for Body Contouring; Disfigurement

On November 14, 2017, the FDA warned consumers and health care practitioners about the serious injuries and disfigurement that can result from using injectable silicone or products being falsely marketed as FDA-approved dermal fillers for the purpose of enhancing the size of their buttocks, breasts, and other body parts. Click title to continue reading...



New Treatment to Prevent Bleeding; Hemophilia A Patients

On November 16, 2017, the FDA approved Hemlibra (emicizumab-kxwh) to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes in adult and pediatric patients with hemophilia A who have developed antibodies called Factor VIII (FVIII) inhibitors. Click title to continue reading...



Improving Medication Adherence for Chronic Disease Management

On November 17, 2017, the CDC published a report finding that, approximately one in five new prescriptions are never filled, and among those filled, approximately 50% are taken incorrectly, particularly with regard to timing, dosage, frequency, and duration. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Jury Instruction on Standard of Care Expert Testimony; Nursing Injection

A woman presented to a health clinic to receive an intramuscular-steroid injection to treat the woman’s allergies. The injection was administered by a licensed practical nurse (LPN) employed by the health clinic. The woman’s chart did not indicate any complications or that the woman complained immediately following the injection. Click title to continue reading...



Injection Injury Claim Failed; Evidence of Injection in Right, Not Left Hip

A man sought treatment for a painful headache at an emergency room (ER). The ER doctor prescribed an injection of pain medicine. Subsequently, a nurse employed by the hospital gave the man a shot that contained the medication that had been prescribed by the ER doctor. Click title to continue reading...



Home Health Care Giver Torn Rotator Cuff; Workers Compensation Denied

A woman was employed as an in-home health care worker. The woman allegedly sustained a gradual work injury to the right shoulder. The woman first mentioned the shoulder pain in passing to the woman’s primary care physician approximately nine months after the woman first felt the pain. The woman initially received conservative treatment. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Expert Declaration: Colonoscopy Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative expert declaration supporting a motion for summary judgment in a medical malpractice action involving a colonoscopy injury. In this illustrative situation, a man underwent a colonoscopy. The procedure involved a contaminated colonoscope, which caused the man to become infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Click title to continue reading...