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VA HOSPITALS' SAFE NEEDLE EXPENDITURES TOTALED $1.1 MIL.

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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VA HOSPITALS' SAFE NEEDLE EXPENDITURES TOTALED $1.1 MIL. for 33 different types of devices in fiscal year 1993 (ended Sept. 30), the General Accounting Office notes in a report released the week of Nov. 21 on the effect of safer needle and sharps devices on Department of Veterans Affairs health care employees. Of the 158 VA medical centers, 90 spent about $1.1 mil. to purchase 33 types of safer devices that were cleared by FDA between January 1990 and May 1993. "The total dollar value of individual medical center purchases of these safer devices ranged from $10 to $103,000," GAO says.
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