Walter Reed Medical Center Seeking Hiv-positive Patient Falsely Diagnosed As Negative In October

By Nina Golgowski / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, January 17, 2014, 3:28 PM Comment Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., announced Wednesday that an HIV positive patient was mistakenly diagnosed as HIV negative in October. They are working to find that invidiual. Related Stories Antibiotics given to chickens may be linked to bladder infections in women Officials at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are desperately searching for an HIV-positive patient who was falsely diagnosed as HIV negative in October. The disturbing announcement comes several months after one of 150 routine blood specimens sent out to a contracted laboratory tested positive for HIV, the medical center announced Wednesday. RELATED: AIDS RESEARCHERS SAY THEY’RE GETTING CLOSER TO CURE The individual connected to the positive sample was called in to receive medical care involving two more verification tests, they stated, only to find out that those test results were negative for the virus. The Bethesda, Md., medical center now believes that the HIV-positive sample had been mislabeled with the wrong patient’s name. The medical center is now seeking to retest 72 of the 150 patients who have the same blood type as the one that tested positive. Letters sent out to all 72 informed them of the chance that they may be HIV positive. As of Thursday 68 of those patients have responded and are in the process of being retested, an official told ABC News. A spokeswoman for the medical center was unavailable for comment when contacted Friday.


Florida Voters May Decide On Medical Marijuana In 2014

Ben Pollara, the campaign manager for United for Care, sent out an email to supporters that organizers have collected more than 1.1 million signatures. “This is an enormous achievement,” Pollara wrote. Organizers have until Feb. 1 to gather 683,189 voter signatures. So far election supervisors have certified nearly 458,000 signatures. Groups pushing a constitutional amendment typically gather more signatures than needed in case some are rejected. The collection of voter signatures isn’t the only hurdle left for medical marijuana supporters. In order to make this year’s ballot, the state Supreme Court must also approve the language that will go on the ballot. Attorney General Pam Bondi is challenging the wording, saying voters will be misled into approving widespread use of medical marijuana. Proponents say voters will clearly know they are deciding whether doctors can use their expertise to decide whether to prescribe the drug for debilitating conditions. The court heard arguments last month and has until April to rule. It will not rule on whether it approves of medical marijuana, but rather whether the 74-word ballot summary is misleading. Citizen initiatives are limited to 75 words when summing up a proposed constitutional amendment. Twenty states and the District of Columbia have laws allowing medical use of marijuana.

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Medical marijuana in Oregon: Post-prohibition liquor store in Portland now will deal in a new product

2, which went on to become Hollywood Liquors. Real estate agents typically ended the call once they heard Walstatters plans, he said. Walstatter found himself briefing the small handful of landlords who would hear him out on Oregons new dispensary law. He told them about studies that found dispensaries arent magnets for crime. And if prospective landlords worried about landing in the federal governments crosshairs pot remains illegal under federal law, after all Walstatter filled them in on the August 2013 memo from the U.S. Department of Justice, announcing the feds would take a largely hands-off approach to legal marijuana sales in Washington and Colorado. A Lewis & Clark Law School grad, but not a practicing attorney, Walstatter said he and his wife, an urban planner by training, were determined to leave a good impression. We took great efforts to not come across as a head shop, said Walstatter, as a commercial refrigerator was rolled into the shop. We wanted to come across as professional as possible. The couple knows theyre taking a risk by opening their doors before the state registry opens. But the shops hazy legal status has done little to slow the proliferation of dispensaries with their telltale green crosses — especially in Portland, where law enforcement has generally greeted the establishments with a yawn. Matthew Walstatter, whos got a marijuana business lawyer on retainer and has pored over 30 pages of rules for medical marijuana retailers, is certain the couples business will meet all of the states rules prior to opening. They figure theyll spend about $25,000 to meet the states security requirements alone. Those rules, for instance, call for cameras positioned at entry points to the building, in the room where marijuana is stored and in the area where transactions take place; the Walstatters said they plan to go even further. Were going to have the entire place on camera, he said. Today, the storefront at 3738 N.E. Sandy Boulevard offers no trace of its role in Oregons Prohibition history.

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