, March 18, 2010

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced its second-largest fine ever against a medical institution—$227,500—after finding that the veterans hospital in Philadelphia had caused an "unprecedented number" of radiation errors in treating prostate cancer patients, the New York Times reports. Commission officials said the size of the fine was justified by the magnitude of the failure at the hospital. Federal investigators said the hospital made significant errors, misplacing radioactive seeds, in 97 of 116 procedures involving patients with prostate cancer from 2002 to 2008.

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