Verdict Reached in Hepatitis C Civil Trial

LAS VEGAS -- Jurors have reached a verdict in the hepatitis C civil trial. The jury has found the defendants liable for damages.

The Clark County District Court jury has been deliberating since Friday whether the drug manufacturer Teva Parenteral Medicines and distributor Baxter Healthcare are responsible for 61-year-old Henry Chanin contracting the liver disease.

Chanin got the virus during an outpatient procedure at the Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center in 2006.

That outbreak was linked to several endoscopy centers in the Las Vegas valley. Those centers were reusing vials of anesthetic during procedures.

Chanin sued two pharmacy companies over the size of those vials. The jury agreed with that and has awarded the plaintiff more than $3 million.


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