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State Officials Tell Hospitals to Shelve Rape Kits

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

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State health officials are telling hospitals around Ohio to stop using rape evidence kits made by a central Ohio company. From Ohio public radio station WOSU, Steve Brown reports.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says investigators noticed a problem with the kits from Pickaway Diversified Industries when several kits from obviously unrelated cases tested positive for the same DNA.

DEWINE: “We then started tracing it back and found that we have contamination in the company that actually assembles these rape kits.”

Tammy Alvoid is executive director at the non-profit. She’s most concerned with having to potentially reimburse hospitals.

ALVOID: “It financially could have a very serious impact on our business.”

DeWine says the attorney general’s office will do its best to handle payments to hospitals. He declined to blame the problem on the non-profit employing developmentally disabled people. He called it an issue of poor supervision.

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