Connecticut hospital warns of insulin pen problem

DERBY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut hospital is urging more than 3,000 patients to be tested for diseases after discovering that insulin pens may have been improperly used on more than one patient.

Griffin Hospital in Derby says there's no evidence that misuse of the pens led to any disease transmissions. But it said Friday that patients should be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV as a precaution.

The hospital sent notifications to patients who were hospitalized between September 2008 and last week, and for whom an insulin pen was ordered.

The hospital said needles were not used on more than one patient but the pens' insulin cartridges could have been contaminated through the backflow of blood or skin cells from another patient. It said the risk of disease transmission is extremely small.

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