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FDA Warned Blood Center Prior to HIV Lawsuit

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Howard Midkiff has filed a lawsuit against LifeSouth Community Blood Centers for allegedly supplying a Baptist Health Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama with tainted blood that infected Midkiff with HIV after a blood transfusion given during a coronary bypass surgery.

According to the lawsuit, the FDA issued a warning to LifeSouth after inspections in October and November of last year over the company’s failure to property label tainted blood. The warning also noted inadequate training and blood-testing equipment problems.

The lawsuit also says that the warning from the FDA details a federal investigator witnessing a facility technician mislabel and quarantine a tainted blood unit that had tested positive for antibodies, the Montgomery Adviser reported.

The lawsuit claims that the blood Midkiff received was donated on October 14, 2010 and was given to the plaintiff four days later. The suit says LifeSouth discovered the blood was infected with HIV in May 2011, and Midkiff tested positive for HIV in June.

General Counsel for LifeSouth Kim Kinsell said that the blood centers supplied over 350,000 blood components to over 110 hospitals throughout the southeast. Kinsell said that blood generally stays within the community from which it is donated. disclaimer: This article: FDA Warned Blood Center Prior to HIV Lawsuit was posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 8:06 pm at and is filed under Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

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