LANSING, Mich. (WZZM)-- A measure prohibiting doctors from reusing needles and other medical equipment is on its way to the state Senate.
The plan, which passed the House unanimously, is in response to the case involving Dr. Robert Stokes. The East Grand Rapids dermatologist is currently serving more than ten years in prison for medical fraud. Some of Stokes' former patients also testified that he reused unsanitary medical equipment, putting thousands of patients at risk of contracting HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
Under the bill, violators could get up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.