Pharmacist Accused Of Tampering With COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Charged With Misdemeanor

Steven Brandenburg, the former pharmacist implicated of damaging numerous dosages of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, is dealing with a misdemeanor charge of tried criminal residential or commercial property damage.

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Steven Brandenburg, the previous pharmacist implicated of damaging numerous doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, is dealing with a misdemeanor charge of attempted criminal home damage.

Ozaukee County Sheriff/AP

Chief Aurora Medical Group Officer Jeff Bahr has actually stated that Brandenburg deliberately eliminated vials from the fridge in 2 different events on Dec. 24 and 25. Upon that discovery, he stated, healthcare workers were forced to throw away some 570 doses, although the supply had currently been used on 57 patients.

Brandenburg was apprehended on Dec. 31 on recommended charges of recklessly endangering safety, adulterating a prescription drug and criminal damage to home. Officials stated he confessed in a composed statement to intentionally eliminating the vaccine, understanding it would be inefficient if not appropriately stored.

He later on informed police that he thought the vaccine to be hazardous, according to Ozaukee County District Attorney Adam Gerol. (An extensive FDA analysis of the Moderna vaccine shortly prior to its permission in mid-December found “no specific security issues.”).

According to online court records, the 46-year-old Brandenburg was charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court on Tuesday. The Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 9 months in jail, a fine of as much as $10,000, or both.

” You potentially have a criminal activity known as tried criminal damage to home in Wisconsin,” Gerol said at the time. “That would be a misdemeanor and that would seem to apply at some point in time in the future.”.

Brandenburg pleaded innocent at Tuesdays hearing, according to court records. NPR attempted to reach Brandenburgs attorney, Jason Baltz, for remark, however his voicemail was full.

Brandenburg was a worker of the Advocate Aurora Health hospital system in Grafton, Wis., when he presumably got rid of more than 550 dosages of the Moderna vaccine from cold storage in an effort to render them inadequate.

The Moderna vaccine must be kept between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit, and can be left at space temperature for as much as 12 hours.

In a court look earlier this month, Gerol said it was unclear whether the drugs had actually in truth been damaged and damaged, which further screening by Moderna might be needed. The state was unsure of the timeline for such testing, court records reveal.

Steven Brandenburg, the Wisconsin pharmacist implicated of deliberately attempting to spoil hundreds of COVID-19 vaccine dosages last month, has been charged with attempted criminal damage to property.

Brandenburg was fired after the incident, and the Associated Press reports that his license was suspended by a state board last week. One of the conditions of his bond prohibits him from working as a pharmacist or distributing medication. Further court proceedings are scheduled for March 18.

As NPRs Vanessa Romo has reported, the pharmacist supposedly told investigators that he knew “that people who received the vaccinations would believe they had been immunized against the infection when in truth they were not.”.