Thursday, January 24, 2013

700 Possibly Exposed to HIV at Buffalo VA

Newser reports:
More than 700 patients at the Buffalo VA Medical Center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C because of accidental reuse of insulin pens, says the Veterans Administration. Authorities said there is a "very small risk" for the diabetic patients who may have been exposed to the reused insulin pens between Oct. 19, 2010 and November 2012. During a routine pharmacy inspection on Nov. 1, the hospital "discovered that in some cases, insulin pens were not labeled for individual patients," a spokeswoman says. "Although the pen needles were always changed, an insulin pen may have been used on more than one patient."
Death by government.