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Tainted Syringes Sicken and Kill Florida Residents


Managers at a drug manufacturing plant in North Carolina are currently on the run, as they try to escape charges of knowingly selling bacteria-laden syringes. The plant manager and his quality control manager were each sentenced to four and a half years in prison for fraud.

The pharmaceutical facility was responsible for loading disposable syringes with the drug heparin and a saline solution. The medication is used as a blood thinner for those with cancer or who are on kidney dialysis. The plant was subject to FDA regulations, because it dealt with drugs, even though they were not manufactured on that site. However, inspectors said that the pharmaceutical company was being run like a textile mill. The factory was dirty, employees were not wearing the proper uniforms with proper ventilation and the necessary quality tests were not being performed.

To make it appear like the drugs had undergone testing for bacteria, the plant managers falsified the manufacturing dates on the boxes, before they were shipped to hospitals, care centers and even individual homes.

Those who needed the injections all had very weakened immune systems, due to their various diseases and disorders. Therefore, by the time that it was discovered that Serratia, a bacterial infection, was present in the syringes, it was too late for many patient. Five died and hundreds got very ill.

For more information about this case, what to do if you were a victim and how to handle a personal injury case, contact the law offices of Porter and Kovick. We can help you get the money and the justice that you deserve.


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