Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: April 16, 2018

IN THE NEWS


Sale and Distribution of Surgical Sterilization Device Restricted

On April 9, 2018, the FDA issued an order to restrict the sale and distribution of the Essure device, a coil designed to be transvaginally placed into each fallopian tube to prevent fertilization. Essure is the only permanently implanted birth control device for women on the market that does not require a surgical incision. The FDA explained that it restricted access to this surgical sterilization device in order “to ensure that all women considering use of the permanent contraception device are provided with adequate risk information so that they can make informed decisions.” Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


New Treatment for Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, Peritoneal Cancer

On April 6, 2018, the FDA approved Rubraca (rucaparib), a poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, developed by Clovis Oncology Inc. for the maintenance treatment of recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer in patients who are in a complete or partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy. The FDA also concurrently approved the complementary diagnostic test for tumor samples. Click title to continue reading...



$2.6B Recovered in Efforts to Fight Health Care Fraud

On April 6, 2018, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a fiscal year 2017 Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program report showing that for every dollar the federal government spent on health care related fraud and abuse investigations in the last three years, the government recovered $4. In fiscal year 2017, the government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered $2.6 billion from individuals and entities attempting to defraud the federal government, as well as Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Click title to continue reading...



Germs with Unusual Antibiotic Resistance Widespread in U.S.

On April 3, 2018, the CDC published a report that found that state health departments working with CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Lab Network discovered more than 220 instances of germs with unusual antibiotic resistance genes in the United States in 2017. Germs with unusual resistance include those that cannot be killed by all or most antibiotics, are uncommon in a geographic area or the U.S., or have specific genes that allow them to spread their resistance to other germs. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Defense Verdict for Spinal Nerve Damage after Hip Replacement

An obese man underwent hip replacement surgery. After the surgery, the man suffered from low blood pressure which led to progressive kidney failure. It was discovered that the man had suffered damage to the spinal nerve root. This left the man unable to walk or have meaningful movement. Click title to continue reading...



$3M Verdict Against Hospital for Infant’s Brachial Plexus Injury

A woman and the woman’s obstetrician agreed to induce labor. Pitocin, a drug designed to induce labor, was administered. Two of the hospital’s medical residents monitored the woman’s labor throughout the day and night. Click title to continue reading...



Doctor’s Billing Error Results in Medical Debt Collection Action

A man received medical services from a doctor. During the visit, the man provided the doctor’s office with information regarding health insurance coverage. The man left the office expecting that the bill would be submitted to the insurer. Following the visit, the office did not submit the bill to the man’s insurer. Instead the office sought payment directly from the man. The office sent the bill to an incorrect address. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Answer: Retained Surgical Item Injury

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers, we have included this feature containing an illustrative Answer involving a retained surgical item injury. In this illustrative situation, a woman underwent surgery. Following the surgery, the woman suffered back pain that continued for several years. Approximately one year after the initial surgery, the woman underwent an unrelated surgical procedure – an appendectomy – performed by a second surgeon. Click title to continue reading...