2 New York Hospitals Warn Patients about Possible Infections from Insulin Pens

Medical Malpractice

More than 2,000 patients at two New York hospitals may have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis via the negligent overuse of insulin pens intended for single patients.

If you became ill after receiving an insulin pen dose at Olean General Hospital or the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Buffalo, an experienced medical malpractice attorney may be able to help you pursue the financial compensation you need to cope with medical expenses and other damages. 

Olean General Hospital notified 1,915 patients who received insulin at the hospital between November 2009 and January 2013 that they were at low risk of infection and asked them to schedule blood testing. The move came after it was discovered that more than 700 patients of the Buffalo Veterans Affair Hospital may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C due to insulin pens intended for use by a single patient may have been used on more than one patient.

Although Olean General Hospital stated that needles were changed with each use of the pens and the hospital categorized the risk of infection as low, an Associated Press article on the medical errors states that the potential for infection remained “because stored insulin in the pen cartridge could have become contaminated by a back flow of blood with each use.”

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