Over 700 patients at Buffalo VA hospital may have been exposed to HIV; risk said to be low

January 13, 2013

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Veterans Administration has told western New York members of Congress that 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.

Authorities tell The Buffalo News (http://bit.ly/TTV8KJ ) that there’s a “very small risk” for the diabetic patients who may have been exposed to the reused insulin pens between October 2010 and November 2012.

The VA memo obtained by the News says the problem was revealed by a routine pharmacy inspection.

A hospital spokeswoman says the needles were always changed, but an insulin pen may have been used on more than one patient.

The VA is offering free blood tests to rule out any infections.

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