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Case against clinic that exposed patients to Hepatitis widens

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) The case against the Raleigh Heart Clinic in Beckley has widened. Steve New -- an attorney for more than a hundred of the patients who claim they contracted Hepatitis from the clinic -- said Monday his firm has added a major drug manufacturer to their suits.

The attorney claims the maker of the vials to administer stress tests at the clinic -- Cardinal Health -- is at fault for manufacturing vials big enough to administer to up to four different patients. 

"It just baits somebody like Dr. Barghouthi who is looking to take short-cuts. Instead of withdrawing for one use and throwing the other four doses away, they'll use the same needle." 

New also claimed Cardinal Health staff knew Dr. Barghouthi was re-using the same vials as the company's staff routinely picked up used vials after Dr. Barghouthi was finished.

"Cardinal Health should never have manufactured the vials for multiple uses,"adds New.  "A single use should be packaged as a single use." 

Cardinal Health is only the latest party to be named in the suit. In November, the West Virginia Dept. of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) was added for delaying to notify the 2,300 patients possibly exposed for 15-16 months. 

Meanwhile, New said time is running out for patients who may have contracted Hepatitis to seek compensation. He said the statute of limitations expires on March 11, 2018, for new patients to file suit. 

"If they wait until after March 11, no matter how badly they're damaged or how badly they need compensation, they won't be able to make the claims," explained New. "They'll be forever barred from coming into court and holding anybody responsible for what's happened to them."

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