Jurors finish second day of deliberations in hepatitis C trial

Jury deliberations in the first civil trial related to Southern Nevada’s hepatitis C outbreak finished their second day Tuesday.

Jurors are weighing whether to hold two drug companies, Teva Parenteral Medicine and Baxter Healthcare Services, liable for the hepatitis C infection of Henry Chanin.

The 62-year-old was infected during a 2006 colonoscopy at the Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center, one of two clinics linked to the outbreak.

Chanin and his wife are suing on several product liability claims.

The lawsuit claims the drug companies made and sold vials of propofol that were larger than necessary for typical endoscopic procedures, which enticed nurse anesthetists to reuse the vials between patients and spread the blood-borne disease.

The drug companies countered that different vial sizes let medical professionals decide which size is appropriate for their procedures and patients.

Deliberations continue today .

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