Insulin Pens

4:24 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Tests show 18 Buffalo VA patients infected with hepatitis

Buffalo's VA Hospital
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Test results show 18 Buffalo Vetrans Administration patients are infected with hepatitis B and C, although it's not clear if they were infected because the hospital was re-using one-time-only insulin pens.

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10:28 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Olean General faces lawsuits over possible hepatitis infections

Olean General Hospital
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Three former patients have filed a lawsuit against Olean General Hospital, claiming they were infected with hepatitis after the hospital reused insulin pens.

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9:05 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Olean General Hospital says it, too, may have shared insulin pens

Another Western New York hospital is notifying its patients that they may have been exposed to potential contamination through the improper reuse of insulin pens.

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Reuse of insulin pens endangered patients
10:30 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Insulin pen warnings might not have reached VA

US Department of Veterans Affairs
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The word coming from officials at the Buffalo VA Medical Center is that the facility might not have received warnings about the reuse of insulin pens.

The VA has faced heavy criticism for exposing more than 700 patients to dangerous viruses by reusing insulin pens indiscriminately over a two year period. The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued separate warnings against such practices.

An investigation into the matter continues.

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Potential exposure to viruses was accidental
10:29 am
Sat January 12, 2013

VA patients at risk of viral infection

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Hundreds of patients at Buffalo's VA Medical Center could have been exposed to serious viruses due to the inappropriate handling of insulin pens.

The inadvertent re-use of the pens might have infected more than 700 patients with the Hepatitus B, Hepatitus C or the HIV viruses. Administrators claim that the possibility of transmission of the viruses is low, but the hospital is planning to contact all patients who are at risk. The flaw that allowed the problem to arise has been identified and is being rectified.

The VA is not divulging the names of any of those at risk.

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