Hepatitis C lawsuit against UPMC dismissed

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center of negligence for failing to report a former employee’s theft of narcotics.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/18stNs6 ) reports Thursday that a Kansas man had alleged that he contracted hepatitis C in that state because former UMPC employee David Kwiatkowski infected him there. The lawsuit by Thomas Walters claimed that UPMC was negligent for not reporting Kwiatkowski’s earlier theft of narcotics in Pittsburgh.

Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. found that UPMC and another health care company are not liable to third persons whom they never treated.

Kwiatkowski is facing federal charges in New Hampshire. Prosecutors say he stole drugs and infected patients with hepatitis C through contaminated syringes at numerous hospitals. Kwiatkowski has pleaded not guilty.

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