First Trial in Vegas Hepatitis Case Set to Begin

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Trial is set to start in the first civil lawsuit stemming from a massive 2008 hepatitis C outbreak linked to Las Vegas endoscopy clinics.

Jury selection begins Monday in Las Vegas in a lawsuit against a maker and distributor of an anesthetic drug used at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada and sister clinics.

Henry Chanin and his lawyer, Robert Eglet, accuse drug company Teva Parenteral Medicines and distributor Baxter Healthcare of encouraging abuse of the anesthetic propofol by providing the clinics with large vials of the drug.

Health officials say reuse of vials infected at least nine people with hepatitis C, and that cases involving another 105 patients may be related.

More than 50,000 patients were notified to get tested for the incurable liver disease.

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