Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: May 14, 2018

IN THE NEWS


Blood Processing Removes Bad Cholesterol, Harmful Substances

On May 3, 2018, the FDA updated its information regarding the FDA’s approval to Kaneka Pharma America LLC to market the LIPOSORBER LA-15 System, a blood processing system that collects blood from the patient’s body and removes certain substances, such as low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C, or “bad cholesterol”), from the patient’s blood. By removing the bad cholesterol, the system may reduce the likelihood of developing serious disease of the heart and blood vessels. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Two-Drug Combination to Treat Thyroid Cancer

On May 4, 2018, the FDA granted approval to Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation to market Tafinlar (dabrafenib) and Mekinist (trametinib), administered together, for the treatment of anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) that cannot be removed by surgery or has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic), and has a type of abnormal gene, BRAF V600E (BRAF V600E mutation-positive). Click title to continue reading...



Artificial Blood Product Developed, Hemoglobin-Based Oxygen Carriers

On April 30, 2018, the FDA announced that FDA scientists had compiled the first comprehensive molecular and chemical comparison of all hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers (HBOCs) that have been tested in humans. Click title to continue reading...



Mosquito, Tick, and Flea Illnesses Triple in US; Nine New Germs

On May 1, 2018, the CDC published a report that found that illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S., with a total of 642,602 cases reported during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016. Nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks were discovered or introduced into the U.S. during this time. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Failure to Timely Transfer Patient with Pulmonary Embolism

A man presented to the emergency room (ER) complaining of chest pain that he had been experiencing for at least one day. The ER doctor examined the man. About 50 minutes after the man arrived at the ER, the ER doctor created a differential diagnosis identifying the medical conditions that could possibly have been causing the man’s symptoms. Click title to continue reading...



Missouri Affidavit Requirement Did Not Violate Open Courts, Jury Trial

A woman underwent a cholecystectomy, gallbladder removal surgery. The woman’s right hepatic duct was injured during the procedure, causing bile to leak into the surgical field. The woman required additional medical attention and a second surgery to repair the injured duct. Click title to continue reading...



Credibility: No Medical Causation, Subjective Pain, Litigiousness

A man was involved in a rear end automobile collision. The person responsible for the collision was traveling less than five miles per hour when the accident occurred. At the accident scene, the man indicated to the person responsible for the collision and a police officer that the man was not injured. The man did not experience any pain immediately after the accident. Within 10 minutes of leaving the accident scene, the person responsible for the collision received a call from an attorney representing the man, notifying the person responsible for the accident that the man intended to make a claim. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Checklist: Action Against Nursing Home for Resident’s Injury

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing a checklist of issues for counsel to consider before agreeing to file a complaint on behalf of a client alleging nursing home negligence. In this illustrative situation, a man was admitted to a nursing home by his daughter because the man’s Alzheimer’s disease progressed to the point at which the daughter could no longer care for the man at home. Click title to continue reading...