October 30, 2014

DPH Orders Lab To Shut Down Blood Collection Facilities

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State health officials have ordered a New Jersey-based company to temporarily shut down its blood collection facilities in Connecticut because it has been operating them without the necessary state certificate.

The state Department of Public Health this month issued a cease and desist order to Accu Reference Medical Laboratory.

The department discovered the company was operating two blood draw locations – at 945 Main St. in Manchester and 25 Oakland Road in South Windsor – before it received the necessary certificate of approval, the DPH citation states.

As a result, the company was issued a cease and desist order and agreed to halt operations. Accu Reference has had a clinical laboratory license since November 2013, according to DPH.

Company officials did not return calls seeking comment.

Konstantin Bas, the licensee for Accu Reference, signed the DPH order, acknowledging that the company has not received the required certificate. The company is cooperating with DPH’s investigation. Non-compliance with the cease and desist order could result in a suspension of Accu Reference’s clinical laboratory license, the citation states.

Accu Reference is headquartered in Linden, N.J. and operates blood draw locations in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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