New information on tainted IV bags

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - New information has been released in the developing story of the tainted IV bags that may have lead to the deaths of 9 people.

The state's chief health officer says his office found the same kind of potentially lethal bacteria that was in those tainted IV bags inside the Birmingham pharmacy that investigators believe mixed and sold the bags to at least 6 hospitals statewide. Federal officials removed boxes from the Meds IV Pharmacy on Friday and the company is no longer in business.

Dr. Don Williamson says just because the same bacteria was found in the pharmacy doesn't make it a "smoking gun" because it's a relatively common bacteria.  Investigators are using DNA fingerprinting to try and match the specific bacteria in those tainted bags with the samples found in the Meds IV pharmacy. Williamson says that will help them figure out what may have gone wrong and that information could help them stop this from happening again.

"If we can identify something that caused this, and if it is a common occurrence or if it's a process that heretofore has not been recognized as one that puts individuals at risk, then yes, I would hope we can see necessary changes in the process to minimize risk and prevent this from ever happening again," Williamson said.

Dr. Williamson says his office may have those new test results back as early as Monday.

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