30 adenovirus cases confirmed at Wanaque CenterNovember 6, 2018

The New Jersey Department of Health said Thursday laboratory tests have confirmed another child has contracted an adenovirus infection, which is now the 30th known pediatric case at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell. There have been 10 deaths associated with this outbreak. A staff member was also affected by the outbreak but has recovered. The Voorhees Pediatric Facility in Voorhees …

Delay in reporting medical device malfunctions to FDAJuly 26, 2017

Agreement would ease FDA requirements for reporting medical device malfunctions. The New York Times (7/11, Kaplan, Subscription Publication, 13.9M) reports “an agreement headed for a vote in Congress” would give medical device makers the ability to “delay reporting dangerous malfunctions to the Food and Drug Administration.” While device makers “will still have to quickly report any injuries …

Southern New Jersey impacted by contaminated syringesNovember 14, 2016

Bacterial infection linked to syringes finds way to South Jersey: At least 10 people in Atlantic County and three in Ocean County have contracted a complicated bacterial infection tied to an outbreak from contaminated medical supplies, state health officials said. So far, New Jersey has seen 52 cases of B. cepacia infection linked to a …

Medical ErrorsNovember 3, 2016

Two patients die due to dosing errors with Medtronic infusion pump. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Medtronic “said two people have died following dosing errors with its problem-plagued SynchroMed II infusion pump, an implanted device…that slowly injects pain medications into a patient’s spinal canal.” The Tribune mentions that the Food and Drug Administration “filed a …

FDA: Will be more aggressive in medical device risk warningsDecember 30, 2015

FDA says it will be more aggressive in warning about possible medical device risks STAT (reporters of health and medicine) stated that the Food and Drug Administration “said on Wednesday that it plans to take a far more aggressive stance in reporting on possible medical device hazards, in some cases issuing early warnings about safety risks …