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New York: Schumer Seeks Testing for Veterans' Families

January 25, 2013

On January 23, Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), expressed his latest concerns regarding problems at the Buffalo Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in a letter to Brian Stiller, medical director at VA Western New York Healthcare System. The problems occurred because of faulty labeling practices at the hospital in which insulin delivery devices possibly may have been used on more than one patient during the time period of October 19, 2010, to November 1, 2012. As many as 716 veterans could have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C. In the letter, Schumer emphasized that the Buffalo VA Medical Center should not only provide health testing to possibly exposed veterans but also extend testing to their family members and caregivers. Schumer based his request upon information from relatives of the diabetic patients who were treated at the hospital.

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