Insulin and antibiotic mixing errors result in patient death and fine

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Guernsey Press report “Neil Judge, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, suffered multi-organ failure while he was being treated at the Northern General Hospital, in Sheffield, in November 2010, according to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

An investigation found Mr Judge, 58, had been treated with a batch of intravenous insulin syringes that actually contained no insulin at all, just saline. His multi-organ failure was triggered by diabetic ketoacidosis because his body was deprived of insulin for more than 13 hours, the MHRA said.

A judge at Sheffield Crown Court heard today how the faulty syringes were supplied to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust by Fresenius Kabi Ltd as a licensed wholesaler for Calea UK Ltd, which manufactured the product. The agency said Fresenius Kabi, of Eastgate Way, Manor Park, Runcorn, was fined a total of £500,000 and ordered to pay a further £5,900 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Sections 64(1) and 67(2) of the Medicines Act 1968.

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