700 at Buffalo VA hospital exposed to HIV after accidental reuse of insulin pens


The Buffalo Veterans Administration Medical Center. Authorities said 700 patients there may have been exposed to HIV because of the accidental reuse of insulin pens. 

More than 700 patients at the Buffalo Veterans Administration Center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C because of accidental reuse of insulin pens, according to a hospital statement and published reports.

Authorities told The Buffalo News 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. The VA memo obtained by the News said the problem was discovered by a routine pharmacy inspection last Nov. 1. The News first published the report on its website Friday.

The VA also notified western New York members of Congress of the possible exposure.

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