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Ex-Nursing Assistant Pleads Guilty in West Virginia VA Medical Center Insulin Deaths

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Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 43 years experience.

Medscape MEdical News

July 16, 2020

Ex-Nursing Assistant Pleads Guilty in Insulin Deaths in West Virginia Insulin Deaths

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A former nursing assistant and Army veteran pleaded guilty to federal murder charges this week in connection with the 2017–2018 deaths of seven patients in a West Virginia veteran's hospital, according to news reports.

Prosecutors said in court documents filed on July 13 that Reta Mays, 46, injected lethal doses of insulin into seven veterans at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center (VAMC) in rural Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Their blood glucose levels plummeted, and each died shortly after their injections, according to the Tennessean...

..The documents indicate that in June 2018, a hospitalist employed by VAMC Clarksburg reported concern about several deaths from unexplained hypoglycemic events in the same ward and noted that many of the affected patients did not have diabetes...

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/934053?nlid=136453_4622

TriciaJ, RN

Specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory. Has 39 years experience.

What on earth could be a possible motive? In these situations I always wonder how many people thought something was off, to whom they reported their concerns and how long it took for action.

Silver_Rik, ASN, RN

Specializes in Perioperative / OR Nurse Intern. Has 1 years experience.

I want to know how a nurse aide had access to insulin, especially to do this 7 times? A nursing assistant shouldn't have access to any medications (unless certified as a medication aide in LTC and then only oral meds) and every place I've worked insulin requires two RNs to pull from the Pyxis

2 hours ago, Silver_Rik said:

I want to know how a nurse aide had access to insulin, especially to do this 7 times? A nursing assistant shouldn't have access to any medications (unless certified as a medication aide in LTC and then only oral meds) and every place I've worked insulin requires two RNs to pull from the Pyxis

My initial thoughts exactly.

Silver_Rik, ASN, RN

Specializes in Perioperative / OR Nurse Intern. Has 1 years experience.

Today I learned you can buy insulin at WalMart without an RX

londonflo

Specializes in oncology. Has 43 years experience.

On 7/18/2020 at 4:05 PM, Silver_Rik said:

Today I learned you can buy insulin at WalMart without an RX

It has been that way since I became a nurse in the 70's. The rationale was so that if you were traveling and lost or ran out of yours, you would be able to get it. Now because of being able to transmit prescriptions over the internet we could change that. When my cat was on Lantus I did have to have a prescription. The syringes have always required an RX.

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In all states new, insulin analogs DO require a prescription. These include Humalog, Novolog, or Apidra, as well as Lantus."

Insulin that is non analog is sold without prescription in all states except Alaska and Virginia.

What the what? Who does that?