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Drug Companies Can Introduce Alternative Theories in Nevada Hepatitis C Outbreak Lawsuits

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The Las Vegas Review-Journal has reported the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that juries will be allowed to put witnesses on the stand, and certified experts will be able to give their opinion in lawsuits regarding modes of transmission of the hepatitis C virus through local clinics in southern Nevada during an outbreak in 2008.

Currently, health officials have embraced the theory that single use medication vials which had been contaminated by infected patients were reused.

The ruling will guide the numerous civil trials filed regarding the outbreak, including one scheduled for next week, and will allow the dozens of cases that had been on hold in lower courts because of divided rulings to resume.

Southern Nevada Health District had sent out nearly 50,000 letters to people who were at risk of hep C infection, where 9 cases were definitively linked to clinics ran by Dr. Dipak Desai, and over 100 more were closely linked. A Clark County grand jury indicted Desai and two nurses last year on felony criminal courts related to the outbreak. Desai has been deemed incompetent to stand trial, and was sent to a mental hospital for evaluation. If he is found able to assist in his defense, the criminal trial will start next March, the Review-Journal reported.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Drug Companies Can Introduce Alternative Theories in Nevada Hepatitis C Outbreak Lawsuits was posted on Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 8:11 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

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