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December 20, 2011

Suit Claims Patient Contracted HIV at Mississippi Cancer Clinic

Meera Sachdeva, MD—a Mississippi cancer clinic doctor arrested on charges of Medicare and Medicaid fraud and using watered-down chemotherapy drugs and old syringes—is now facing a civil lawsuit claiming that one patient contracted HIV from a dirty needle, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Sachdeva’s Rose Cancer Center clinic in Summit, Mississippi, was closed on July 20 because of “unsafe infection control practices.” Since then, hundreds of patients have been tested for HIV and other diseases, but the Department of Health has not concluded that the Rose Cancer Center was the source of any viral infections. However, James Ralph Patterson Sr., a 61-year-old man who allegedly contracted HIV while being treated by the clinic, died on July 3, before the Department of Health began testing clinic patients for its investigation. Patterson’s son filed the suit.

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