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Monday, January 14, 2013

More than 700 patients possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and C when veterans hospital mistakenly re-uses insulin pens to deliver medication

More than 700 patients at the Buffalo Veterans Administration Center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C because of accidental reuse of insulin pens, according to a hospital statement and published reports.

Authorities told The Buffalo News there is a 'very small risk' for the diabetic patients who may have been exposed to the reused insulin pens - but not the needles - between October 19, 2010 and November 2012.