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Las Vegas urologist defends reusing needle guides

Las Vegas Review-Journal, March 24, 2011
A Las Vegas Valley urologist whose medical license has been suspended for reusing single-use needle guides blames an unnamed equipment vendor for suggesting he could do so, according to a paid advertisement in the Review-Journal. The ad, produced by Dr. Michael Kaplan's attorney, Dominic Gentile, appears on Page 3B of the Nevada section. Kaplan's medical license was suspended nine days ago by the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners after a joint investigation with the Food and Drug Administration, the federal agency that regulates the use of medical devices. Authorities said that for three months, Kaplan reused single-use-only plastic needle guides for prostate/rectal biopsies, discarding them only when they became "too bloody."

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