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HONOResponse: Why the North Dakota Investigation is Representative

Steve Langan, director of HONOReform
Steve Langan, director of HONOReform

Here’s the situation as we know it: as many as 30 residents, all 60 years old or older, who live at ManorCare Health Services in Ward County, North Dakota, have recently been found to be infected with the same strain of hepatitis C. Its suspected that some aspect of medical care is the cause of all of the cases.

It’s sad but true. And it happens all the time. There have been over 50 confirmed outbreaks of hepatitis C in the United States over the last 12 years. There have also been thousands of patient notification letters sent, after discovery that some aspect of the medical injection process was done improperly. Many times, there is no known disease transmission, which is a great relief for patients and their loved ones. But, oftentimes, there is. Read more

HONOReform Presents Plan to Prevent Drug Diversion by Steve Langan

Panel discussion at NH Hospital Assn 2013 meeting
Preventing Drug Diversion Panel, NHHA meeting

I am grateful I had the opportunity participate in the annual New Hampshire Hospital Association meeting, September 22-24 in Bretton Woods.

The staff of NHHA, led by Steve Ahnen, the president, along with the board of directors, is clearly committed to the prevention of drug diversion—in New Hampshire and beyond. Read more

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