Medical Risk Law Weekly News

Week of: March 04, 2019

IN THE NEWS


Young Donor Plasma Infusions; Illegal Promotion

On February 19, 2019, the FDA cautioned consumers against receiving young donor plasma infusions that are illegally promoted as treatment for varying conditions. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Illegal Marketing of Thermography Device to Detect Breast Cancer

On February 25, 2019, the FDA issued a warning letter to Total Thermal Imaging Inc., of La Mesa, California, and its president and co-owner, Linda Hayes, for illegally marketing and distributing an unapproved thermography device as a sole screening device for breast cancer and other diseases. The FDA also issued a safety communication to warn patients that thermography is not cleared by the FDA as an alternative to mammography and should not replace mammography for breast cancer screening or diagnosis. Click title to continue reading...



Increased Risk of Death with Gout Medicine

On February 21, 2019, the FDA added a boxed warning to gout medicine Uloric (febuxostat) after the FDA concluded there was an increased risk of death with Uloric compared to another gout medicine, allopurinol. This conclusion was based on the FDA’s in-depth review of results from a safety clinical trial that found an increased risk of heart-related death and death from all causes with Uloric. Click title to continue reading...



Emergency Social Media Communications After Hawaii Errant Missile Warning

On February 22, 2019, the CDC published a report that found that after an errant ballistic missile alert was sent to persons in Hawaii on January 13, 2018, social media reactions revealed how the public interprets, shares, and responds to information during an evolving threat. This knowledge can guide emergency risk communicators to develop timely and effective social media messages than can protect lives. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Hernia Repair Surgery; Wrongful Death and Survival Actions

A patient underwent surgery to repair an abdominal hernia. Complications arose after the surgery, which necessitated the patient’s dialysis treatment. The patient died after problems from administration of the dialysis. Click title to continue reading...



Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal Surgery Injury

A patient experienced abdominal pain. The patient underwent testing which indicated abnormal gallbladder function. The patient was referred to a surgeon for a possible cholecystectomy, gallbladder removal surgery. The surgeon took a history from the patient and examined the patient. The surgeon discussed the risks and benefits of a cholecystectomy with the patient. Click title to continue reading...



Neuropsychological Examination; Malingering; Long-Term Disability

An employee was part of an employee welfare benefit plan. As part of that plan, the employer provided its employees long-term disability insurance. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Products Liability and Malpractice-Intrauterine Device Injury

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers, we have included this illustrative complaint as guidance for plaintiff’s counsel in a products liability and medical malpractice action involving an intrauterine device (IUD) injury. In this illustrative situation, a woman consulted with a gynecologist about birth control. The gynecologist recommended an intrauterine device and the woman agreed. Click title to continue reading...