Medical Risk Law Weekly News

Week of: September 17, 2012


Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets Recalled Due To the Potential for Acetaminophen Overdose or Severe Hydrocodone Side Effects

A nationwide retail level recall for one lot of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg was issued by Qualitest, a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions.


The recall includes the product lot Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg, NDC 0603-3888-21, 100 count, Lot Number C1440512A, expiry date 12/13.


Allergy Alert Issued for Unstated Milk and Red 40 in .5 oz. Shake'Ems Seasoning Cups Sold in Movie Theaters

Cutting Edge Concessions issued an allergy alert on unstated milk and red 40 in .5 oz. Shake'Ems seasoning cups distributed in movie theaters in California, Colorado, Arkansas and Tennessee. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Current U.S. West Nile Virus Outbreak on Track to Be Deadliest on Record; Fifteen People Have Died in a Sixteen-Square Mile Area of Dallas, Texas

The number of people who have become ill with West Nile virus disease continues to go up, and the CDC expects the numbers will be high at least through October. As of September 11, 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in mosquitos, birds, and people.

I-Flow ON-Q Pump with ONDEMAND Bolus Button Recalled Due to Risk of Possible Overdose, Serious Adverse Health Consequences, or Death

A class I recall has been issued for the I-Flow ON-Q pump with ONDEMAND bolus button. The I-Flow Corporation determined that the ON-Q pumps with ONDEMAND bolus button may not lock in the down position when depressed and/or the orange bolus refill indicator may stay in the lowest most position.


General Claim for Emotional Distress Related to Physical Injuries from Auto Accident Cannot Be Basis for Compelled Psychological Examination

A pedestrian was injured in a hit and run accident. She suffered severe injuries and allegedly developed chronic pain syndrome. She filed a claim with her insurance company under her uninsured motorist coverage for her past and future medical expenses and for physical and emotional pain, suffering, and anxiety associated with the physical injuries she sustained in the accident.

Football Player’s Injury While Warming Up Was Accidental Injury During Employment Even if Not the Result of Unusual Event

A professional football player filed a claim with the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission requesting temporary partial disability benefits. The Commission awarded the player temporary partial disability benefits and related medical expenses, and the employer appealed. The Court of Appeals affirmed.

Learned Intermediary Doctrine Bars Product Liability Claim Against Zyprexa Manufacturer As Psychiatrists Prescribed After Warning Issued

A diabetic man took Zyprexa to treat his schizophrenia.The manufacturer of Zyprexa notified the man’s treating psychiatrists of a risk of Zyprexa exacerbating diabetes. The treating psychiatrists continued to prescribe Zyprexa even after receiving this warning. The man’s diabetes worsened resulting in cataracts and end-stage renal disease.