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CRMC ALERTS PATIENTS TO POSSIBLE INSULIN PEN RE-USE – 05/22/2013

May 21, 2013 – Harris, N.Y. – Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) announced today that it is notifying individuals who were CRMC patients between 2007 and May 2013, and may have received an insulin pen injection during their visit, that during this time period some insulin injection pens may have been used on more than one patient.
While CRMC is not aware of any contamination between patients, as a precautionary measure CRMC is recommending that those patients be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.
To facilitate the process, CRMC is offering those patients free and confidential blood testing services. CRMC has established a dedicated telephone number to use for scheduling appointments.
CRMC patients who would like to arrange for a free blood test, or to be put in contact with someone who can address a specific patient question related to an insulin injection they may have received at CRMC, are asked to call 1-800-277-4221.
CRMC is still identifying the names of patients who may be impacted by this issue and will send those patients notification letters.  Dr. Gerard Galarneau, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Catskill Regional Medical Center said, “We apologize to our patients for this inconvenience, and have taken steps to prevent a recurrence of this issue.  Your well-being is always CRMC’s primary concern.”