Reed Smith’s Eric Alexander takes a look at the verdict in Gurley v. Janssen Pharms., Inc., No. 239 EDA 2014, heard in the Pennsylvania Superior Court and concerned with a child born with a minor cleft lip. The child’s mother ran out of her FDA Category C prescription anti-epileptic drug before she became pregnant, but continued to take them without a prescription when they were supplied by her own mother, who was prescribed the same drug but for a different condition. Alexander expresses a number of concerns regarding the verdict.
Dr Anna Williams, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Huddersfield writes about the Dental Arcade Game, which aims to improve forensic anthropologists’ and odontologists’ determination of age at death from dental eruption by improving the reference data sets used – they are currently out of date and based on limited population samples. See Anna’s blog entry for more information – you can help!
Michelle Starr of CNET reports that forensic analysis of the naturally mummified corpse of Dante Aligheri’s patron, Cangrande I della Scala shows that the nobleman is likely to have died from digitalis poisoning. Evidence of tuberculosis and osteoarthritis was also found.
Bill Madden’s blog entry of 14 March 2014 considers the court’s dicta on the nature of expert evidence in Cooper v Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 664, which stated that the court must ‘evaluate the witness and the soundness of his opinion…and the extent to which they are supported by the evidence’.
Maureen Ohlhausen’s HealthAffairs blog post discusses the US Federal Trade Commission’s impact on a variety of health-related areas, including an innovative telemedicine program run by the University of New Mexico; limited service or “retail” primary care clinics; and scope of practice regulations.