Lawsuit: Patient got HIV from Miss. cancer clinic - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Lawsuit: Patient got HIV from Miss. cancer clinic

(AP) - A lawsuit claims a cancer patient contracted HIV from a south Mississippi clinic accused of diluting chemotherapy drugs and using old needles.

Dr. Meera Sachdeva, founder of Rose Cancer Center in Summit, was arrested in August on federal Medicaid and Medicare fraud charges for allegedly diluting drugs and billing for more than patients received. Two employees also are charged.

The lawsuit is 1 of several filed in Pike County Circuit Court by Jackson attorneys John Giddens and Philip Thomas. Giddens says their client, James Ralph Patterson Sr., contracted HIV from the clinic. Patterson died July 3.

The Mississippi Health Department closed the clinic in July and has tested hundreds of patients for HIV and other diseases because of concerns about dirty needles. Department officials didn't immediately respond to a message.

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