Patients exposed to HIV, hepatitis file lawsuit against Tulsa dentist
TULSA, Okla.- A dentist who allegedly exposed thousands of patients to diseases is now at the heart of a class action lawsuit.
The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry launched an investigation into Dr. Scott Harrington’s practice after one of his patients tested positive for hepatitis C.
More than 7,000 patients were notified and tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV due to unsanitary conditions and improper sterilization of equipment at the office.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported that 77 people tested positive for hepatitis C, five for hepatitis B and four for HIV.
Now, Harrington is being sued by seven patients; at least five of those patients allegedly contracted some sort of disease through his clinic.
According to court documents, the plaintiffs claim they were exposed to the diseases through repeated use of drug vials.
The lawsuit claims Harrington and his practice, along with the drug makers, were all negligent and liable for damages because of the defective multi-use vials.
They are seeking $10,000 for damages.