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March 2017

New Orleans Surgeon Avoids Video Voyeurism Charges

A jury ruled his cellphone images of naked patients in the OR weren't sexual in nature.
Published: March 24, 2017

Compounding Pharmacy Owner Barry Cadden Acquitted of Murder

Jurors delivered a mixed verdict today in the trial of the former president of the New England Compounding Center.
Published: March 22, 2017

Study Finds Mobile App Follow-ups as Effective as In-Person Visits

Breast reconstruction patients loved the convenience of mobile app-based follow-up, and were no more prone to complications.
Published: March 22, 2017

Another Patient Death Raises Question: Is Gluteal Fat Grafting Safe?

Ranika Hall, a 25-year-old Missouri woman, died last week after undergoing the procedure — also known as the Brazilian butt lift — at a Florida surgery center.
Published: March 21, 2017

Bill Would Eliminate Medicare Co-Pays for Polyp Removal During Colonoscopies

Currently, screenings are covered, but Medicare bills patients for excisions.
Published: March 13, 2017

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February 2017

Despite Neuropathy, Jury Finds Total Hip Patient Cared for Properly

Expert testimony convinced jurors that a nerve injury sustained during a hip arthroplasty was a "known and unavoidable complication," not the product of a surgical negligence.
Published: February 27, 2017

Bill Would Lift Moratorium on Construction and Expansion of Physician-Owned Hospitals

Texas Congressman continues to fight for repeal.
Published: February 22, 2017

Oregon Bill Would Let ASCs Offer Extended Care

Legislation would let patients at select surgery centers recuperate at the facilities for up to 48 hours after admission.
Published: February 16, 2017

10% of Alcohol-Based Preps Allowed to Dry for 3 Minutes Caught Fire

Researchers say surgeons can decrease OR fire risk by using non-alcohol based skin preps or avoiding pooling of the prep solution.
Published: February 15, 2017

Emails Show Barry Cadden Tried to Cover His Tracks After His Lab Shipped Contaminated Steroids

"No more fudging. No more BS. We must clean up all of our processes," NECC President Barry Cadden wrote in one email.
Published: February 15, 2017

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January 2017

As Business Boomed at Compounding Pharmacy, Disinfection Practices Slid

At meningitis trial, pharmacy tech testifies that hoods in clean room where tainted steroids were made weren't disinfected for a month.
Published: January 25, 2017

Pain Management Doc Takes Stand in Meningitis Murder Trial

Fungal meningitis victims "kept coming," says medical director of pain clinic where 13 patients died and 115 were sickened.
Published: January 18, 2017

Neurosurgeon Driven by Greed Gets 20-Year Prison Sentence

Prosecutors allege Dr. Aria Sabit profited by performing unnecessary invasive spinal surgeries.
Published: January 12, 2017

Million-Dollar Lawsuit Claims Surgical Fire Ruined 86-Year-Old Woman's Life

Suit: Prep wasn't allowed to fully dry before electrocautery.
Published: January 11, 2017

Prosecutor: New England Compounding Center President Viewed Company as His "Personal ATM Machine"

NECC head pharmacist charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of 25 patients.
Published: January 10, 2017

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