Apr 03, 2013
By Jane Brown
Imagine being a cancer patient and hearing you’ve received a watered down chemotherapy treatment. This is reality for nearly a thousand patients in Ontario who’ve undergone chemo within the last year for diseases that included cancers of the breast, lung and bladder. Ontario’s Cancer Care agency has revealed that seventeen patients at Windsor Regional Hospital alone have died since starting their therapy. The defective intravenous treatment was discovered by a pharmacy technician at a Peterborough hospital late last month. The premixed cocktail of medication had been shipped out to at least four hospitals in Ontario and one in New Brunswick by a Mississauga supplier. The majority of the patients were being treated at London Health Sciences Centre. The other three Ontario hospitals affected are Windsor Regional Hospital, Oshawa’s Lakeridge Health Hospital and Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Administrators at the hospitals are in the process of contacting the affected patients.
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