Three Nevada Regulators Withdraw From Hepatitis Inquiry

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Three members of the body that regulates doctors in Nevada have recused themselves from an inquiry into the hepatitis C outbreak at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada.

Drs. Javaid Anwar, Sohail Anjum and Daniel McBride won't participate in the State Board of Medical Examiners' investigation to avoid any public perception of bias or impropriety.

Board director Tony Clark says each doctor has ties to the endoscopy center's majority owner, Dipak Desai.

The investigation into six hepatitis C cases has led to a massive public health alert, the closure of the Endoscopy Center and several of its affiliates.

Desai has voluntarily agreed to stop practicing medicine.

The board is still in talks with other doctors affiliated with the center about whether they should continue practicing medicine.

Inspectors found the center regularly reused vials of medication
and syringes.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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