Friday, May 07, 2010

Drugmakers found liable in hepatitis case

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Two drug companies must pay more than $5 million after a jury found them liable in the first civil trial stemming from Southern Nevada's hepatitis C outbreak.

After deliberating for three days, the jury ruled that Teva Parenteral Medicine and Baxter Healthcare Services, which made and sold the sedative propofol, failed to label drug vials with appropriate warnings and should not have provided large vials of the anesthetic to endoscopy centers.

Local health officials said the outbreak was caused by nurse anesthetists reusing vials among patients after the vials had become contaminated by the nurses reusing syringes on the same patient.

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