Plainview, NY - Doctor Accused of Syringe Reuse Rebuilding His Practice
Plainview, NY - A Long Island doctor is rebuilding his practice a year after being accused of spreading hepatitis by using a sloppy injection technique.
Dr. Harvey Finkelstein’s lawyer says the Plainview physician’s business shrank after state officials told more than 10,000 of his patients last year to get tested for hepatitis and HIV.
But attorney Peter Chavkin says Finkelstein’s practice has picked up again.
Health officials said in November 2007 that Finkelstein dipped certain syringes multiple times into vials of medicine, contaminating the drugs. Some patients say they got hepatitis from the contaminated medications.
Chavkin says Finkelstein always used a new needle for every injection and now uses only single-dose medicine vials.
Health officials say investigators found no problems in three visits to Finkelstein’s office in the past year.
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