10 people in Oklahoma injected with insulin instead of the flu shot

Henrietta Strickland
November 8, 2019

At least 10 people were hospitalized in Oklahoma on the night on November 6 after reportedly being injected with insulin instead of flu shots.

According to KJRH, the incident involved nine people - seven residents and two employees at the Jacquelyn House, an intellectual disability care facility in Bartlesville. Emergency services were contacted immediately, and the Bartlesville Fire Department, Ambulance and Police Department responded quickly and provided exceptional support to our residents employees.

"EMS and fireplace crews arrived ... and discovered not 1 unresponsive man or woman, but various unresponsive people today", Law enforcement Main Tracy Roles told KTUL.

Most patients' suffering symptoms after the medication was administered "were not able to explain the issues", Warring said. The pharmacist had been practicing for almost 40 years and was cooperating with investigators.

"All these people are symptomatic, lying on the ground, needing help, but can't communicate what they need", Roles said. "That's why I give a lot of praise to the fire and EMS staff for doing an outstanding job of identifying the problem".

Authorities said they believe the pharmacist administering the shots mixed up a vial of flu vaccine with a vial of insulin and administered the insulin instead.

Several remained hospitalized Thursday due to the long-acting insulin that was administered, police said.

The Police Chief reportedly said that he had never seen a "medical misadventure" of this magnitude. All persons that received the injection were transported to Jane Phillips Hospital. The police official also said that the situation could have been worse, and the present situation itself is "very tragic".

Oklahoma State Department of Health communications director Tony D. Sellars says his department is reviewing the facility's report on the incident.

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