The doctor also apparently used outdated drugs, as one vial found this year had an expiration date of 1993, and didn’t properly keep track of drugs, the complaint said. It noted that a drug cabinet was unlocked and unattended during the day.
It also said that although U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration records show Harrington had not received morphine from a distributor since 2009, the drug logs kept by his assistants said morphine had been used on patients last year.
Officials said patients will be offered free medical testing at the Tulsa Health Department’s North Regional Health and Wellness Center.
Most people who become infected by hepatitis C get it by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs, according to the CDC’s website. The infection can last a lifetime and lead to scarring of the liver or liver cancer.
Most people who get hepatitis B have it for a short time, though it can cause a long-term infection that can damage the liver. It can be transmitted through unprotected sex and sharing needles.
Associated Press reporter Jeannie Nuss in Little Rock, Ark., contributed to this report.