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Aug 15, 2013 6:21 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Christus Spohn Says Patients Didn't Get Tainted Drugs

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Christus Spohn Health System is firing back against a lawsuit that names them as one of the facilities where patients were given tainted drugs.

17 people got sick after they were given a bad batch of medication at Corpus Christi hospitals.

The drug, Calcium Gluconate, was distributed by a pharmacy near Austin, Specialty Compounding Pharmacy, and has now been recalled by the F.D.A.

Two patients have died.

But Christus Spohn says there's no reason for them to be named in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, from Thomas J. Henry's firm, says that one of the patients who got sick, was administered the tainted I.V. drug at Spohn Shoreline.

But Christus Spohn's System Pharmacy Director, Joseph High, says there's no way that's possible.

"The facts are we don't have that drug, never had had that drug, nor that formulation within our organization," he says.

6 News has also learned that particular patient wasn't even at Spohn Shoreline on the date in question, nor three days before or after that.

High also says, that just to be safe, Spohn pulled any of their products from that pharmacy and quarantined them when they learned about the tainted drugs.

Also worth noting that at this point, we still don't know if the two patients that died, died strictly from the tainted drugs, or something else.

Thomas J. Henry's firm responded with a statement acknowledging the error.

A portion reads, "Christus Spohn Shoreline hopital was quick to clarify that they never provided the compound in question. We appreciate Spohn's clarification in this matter - it is helpful to patients and to the investigation process as we continue to work on determining where and when exactly this tainted drug was distributed".

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