Shore Medical Center Lawsuit Investigation – HIV Risk to Former Patients
On February 25, 2016, Officials at Shore Medical Center, a southern New Jersey hospital, notified 213 patients they may have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis B or C because of drug tampering that may have caused patients to come in contact with an employee's blood.
The warning applied to patients at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point who received intravenous morphine or hydromorphone medications at the hospital between June 1, 2013, and Sept. 17, 2014, the medical center said.
A former pharmacist at the hospital allegedly tampered with the drugs by replacing morphine with saline solution in vials that were administered to patients, according to an internal investigation at the hospital and the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office.
The ex-employee was arrested last month and charged with drug tampering, theft and drug possession. In its letter to patients, the hospital said the tampering may have caused patients to come in contact with the ex-employee's blood and urged patients to get tested.
Please contact us for a free consultation if you or a loved one received intravenous morphine or hydromorphone medications at Shore Medical Center between June 1, 2013, and Sept. 17, 2014.