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NH works to share lessons from hepatitis C probe

Monday - 9/23/2013, 1:51pm  ET

Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. -- After spending a year investigating the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital, New Hampshire's public health department is working with two advocacy groups to share its recommendations.

Chris Adamski of the state Department of Health and Human Services says her office is committed to working with all partners to promote better prevention and detection of drug diversion. Those partners now include the Maryland-based National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators and a patient advocacy group called HONOReform in Nebraska.

Steve Langan, director of HONOReform, says the plan is to send a letter to federal health officials and press for changes, including increased regulation of medical technicians like David Kwiatkowski (kwiht-KOW'-skee). He pleaded guilty to stealing painkiller syringes from Exeter Hospital and replacing them with saline tainted with his blood.

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