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Shore Medical Center Patients Possibly Exposed to HIV and Hepatitis

By: Anapol Weiss

An infection control breach at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, NJ may have exposed certain patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C in 2013 and 2014.

The hospital sent letters to more than 200 patients who received intravenous morphine or hydromorphone medications between June 1, 2013 and Sept. 17, 2014, telling them they may have been exposed to the diseases. The state Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working with Shore Medical Center to investigate the possible exposure.

A former Shore Medical Center employee was recently charged with replacing morphine with saline solution in vials that were to be administered to patients. Hospital officials say Frederick P. McLeish’s drug tampering may have caused patients to come in contact with an employee’s blood. The hospital is urging patients to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV if they were treated with morphine or hydromorphone at the hospital during that period and a full year prior.

Contact Anapol Weiss for assistance if you or a loved one was a patient at Shore Medical Center and received a letter advising you should be tested or have been diagnosed with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. We can answer any legal questions you may have.