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Pennsylvania Rehab Facility with Covid-19 Outbreak Gave Residents Hydroxychloroquine Without Approval

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has reported that a Beaver County, PA rehabilitation facility gave the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine to more than 200 of its residents without approval from the Department of Health.

Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, in Brighton, PA, has had one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks in the state. Reports state that due to Covid-19, Brighton has had more than 300 resident cases, over 100 staff cases, and 73 resident deaths. In a wrongful death lawsuit filed earlier this year, the family of a Brighton staff member who died of Covid-19 alleged that the virus had spread through the facility unchecked.

This week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health released a report revealing that Brighton had given hydroxychloroquine to 205 of its residents without authorization. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has not approved hydroxychloroquine for use to prevent Covid-19. Hydroxychloroquine has also not been approved by the FDA for treatment of Covid-19 outside an experimental hospital setting. The Pennsylvania Department of Health noted in its report that possible side effects of hydroxychloroquine can be deadly.

According to the Department of Health, the facility was required to obtain approval from the Department of Health before administering a medication that is not generally accepted in the medical community, such as hydroxychloroquine. Brighton failed to do so.

At this point, Brighton is reporting that no resident has experienced any adverse effects from hydroxychloroquine, and they have stopped administering the drug. The Department of Health plans to audit the facility to ensure hydroxychloroquine is not given to any other patients.

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Michael C. Ksiazek, Personal Injury Attorney, Stark Law Firm

Michael C. Ksiazek is a Shareholder and member Stark & Stark’s Accident & Personal Injury Group in the Yardley, Pennsylvania office. Mr. Ksiazek concentrates his practice on catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims, including those caused by medical malpractice, nursing home neglect and abuse, premises liability, motor vehicle accidents and construction site accidents.

Prior to joining Stark & Stark, Mr. Ksiazek practiced with law firms in Philadelphia and Boston, including a Philadelphia firm where his practice focused on the defense of medical negligence and...

Jeff Krawitz, Casualty Litigator, Stark and Stark Law firm

Jeff Krawitz is a Shareholder and member of Stark & Stark’s Accident & Personal Injury Group and concentrates his practice in casualty litigation focusing on complex injury, coverage issues and bad faith claims. He also has, and continues to, litigate claims arising from motor vehicle and transportation accidents, many of which involve catastrophic damages. His practice also includes the representation of litigants in professional liability claims including those involving medical negligence. Mr. Krawitz has extensive experience in both state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, has argued cases in the New Jersey Appellate Division on transportation coverage issues and UIM coverage issues in the Delaware Supreme Court.