US judge dismisses fraud charges against Dr Richard Guarascio

The federal criminal case against the Red Cross doctor who exposed to infants contaminated blood in 2001 has been dismissed because of insufficient evidence. Highland Medical Center blood bank employee Dr Richard S. Guarascio…

US judge dismisses fraud charges against Dr Richard Guarascio

The federal criminal case against the Red Cross doctor who exposed to infants contaminated blood in 2001 has been dismissed because of insufficient evidence.

Highland Medical Center blood bank employee Dr Richard S. Guarascio and the American Red Cross were both charged with violating the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, mail fraud and theft of funds.

US District Judge Michael P Patrick Sullivan dismissed the case against the two on March 5th, in a 99-page order. Sullivan said there is insufficient evidence to try Guarascio and the federal government has not met the burden for placing the charges against him.

Guarascio was originally charged with 23 counts of fraudulently promoting the sale of clotting factor, adulterating blood and misbranding blood. He was accused of creating false orders and falsifying data between October 2001 and October 2005.

Guarascio pleaded not guilty to the charges and later went on disability leave.

On Jan. 3, 2007, he submitted his resignation as director of the blood bank at Highland, citing health reasons.

On March 2, 2006, almost four years after the bacteria was revealed, the state Board of Registration of Pharmacists placed Guarascio on suspension for 10 years.

Guarascio continues to practice medicine in Massachusetts.

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