Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner
Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that an anesthesiologist testified that "the 50-milliliter
vials of anesthetic linked to a hepatitis C outbreak would have been enough
to knock out a 600 pound gorilla during a colonoscopy," in the trial
of Henry Chanin who was infected with hepatitis C during a 2006 colonoscopy
in a Southern Nevada clinic. Chanin is suing Teva Parenteral Medicine
and Baxter Healthcare Services on product liability issues claiming that
"the companies made and sold vials of propofol that were much larger
than needed for colonoscopies, which tempted medical workers to reuse
vials among patients instead of throwing away unused anesthetic."
Hospitals and doctors should never reuse vials. Doing so clearly and seriously
threatens the health of patients. We hope a lesson is learned here, although
for many Americans it is too late, as they have suffered terrible health
problems from the apparent misuse of the vials.
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