Hepatitis C Outbreak Results in Complaints Filed Against Doctor

July 20, 2011

The state of Florida has filed administrative complaints against a doctor for her alleged unsafe injection practices that resulted in a hepatitis C outbreak occurring at a holistic medical clinic in Brandon, Florida.

According to the Florida St. Petersburg Times, online edition tampabay.com, the “complaints allege that Dr. Carol Roberts failed to institute, monitor and use acceptable infection control practices at Wellness Works, 1209 lakeside Drive, where 11 patients tested positive for hepatitis C in 2009.”

According to the news report, the complaints state that Roberts, as the clinic’s medical director “committed medical malpractice for failing ‘to meet the prevailing standard of care.'”

The complaints, both of which were filed June 23, involved intravenous therapies provided to two of the patients who tested positive for hepatitis C.

One involved a patient, identified as M.F., who underwent an IV vitamin treatment on April 22, 2009. The other involved a patient, identified as W.G., who underwent 10 chelation IV treatments between April 15 and June 2, 2009. Chelation uses IV medications to grab heavy metals and minerals out of the blood and remove them from the body.

In both cases, the patients later became sick and tested positive for hepatitis C, a contagious liver disease that can last from a few weeks to a lifetime and can cause serious damage.

The complaints do not mention the current health of patients M.F. and W.G.

Click here to read the St. Petersburg Tribune article.

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