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Tue Jun 8, 2021, 04:24 PM

Ex-Wisconsin pharmacist gets prison for ruining vaccine

Source: Associated Press

19 minutes ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A former pharmacist in Wisconsin who purposefully ruined more than 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday.

Steven Brandenburg, 46, of Grafton, pleaded guilty in February to two felony counts of attempting to tamper with a consumer product. He had admitted to intentionally removing the doses manufactured by Moderna from a refrigerator for hours at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, located just north of Milwaukee.

In a statement before receiving his sentence, Brandenburg said he felt “great shame” and accepted responsibility for his actions. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported he apologized to his co-workers, family and the community.


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/wisconsin-coronavirus-pandemic-health-239d647dfbed86316f19305678dd033f

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Reply Ex-Wisconsin pharmacist gets prison for ruining vaccine (Original post)
turbinetree Jun 2021 OP
LakeArenal Jun 2021 #1
hibbing Jun 2021 #10
LakeArenal Jun 2021 #11
marble falls Jun 2021 #23
LakeArenal Jun 2021 #26
Sneederbunk Jun 2021 #2
hlthe2b Jun 2021 #5
ShazzieB Jun 2021 #18
Harker Jun 2021 #27
harumph Jun 2021 #3
hlthe2b Jun 2021 #4
PerceptionManagement Jun 2021 #6
FarPoint Jun 2021 #7
LakeArenal Jun 2021 #12
cab67 Jun 2021 #8
JohnnyRingo Jun 2021 #9
iluvtennis Jun 2021 #13
Midnight Writer Jun 2021 #14
denbot Jun 2021 #15
SergeStorms Jun 2021 #16
FakeNoose Jun 2021 #17
ShazzieB Jun 2021 #20
wryter2000 Jun 2021 #19
sinkingfeeling Jun 2021 #21
lostnfound Jun 2021 #22
marble falls Jun 2021 #24
peppertree Jun 2021 #25
Botany Jun 2021 #28
keithbvadu2 Jun 2021 #29
Sgent Jun 2021 #30
Bucky Jun 2021 #32
Bucky Jun 2021 #31
riversedge Jun 2021 #33

Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 04:27 PM

1. Okay. Insurrectionists should get at least three years. No chance of out for good behavior.

That ship has sailed.

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 05:27 PM

10. I wish, I sincerely do

However, I think out of the 500? charged, very very few will serve any time. I hope I am wrong!

Peace

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Response to hibbing (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 05:29 PM

11. Me, too.

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 07:43 PM

23. Federal time only gives out around two weeks good time a year. I'm good with it.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #23)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 08:10 PM

26. Sounds good.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 04:30 PM

2. Please tell me his license is up for review.

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Response to Sneederbunk (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 04:36 PM

5. It was suspended indefinitely in January. He will have to appeal the decision when he finishes

his prison term and perhaps other aspects of the sentence. I have to think the suspension would only be lifted if he were required to work under supervision-- for a very long time in the future--and probably only after a thorough psych or other "behavioral" evaluation.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 06:57 PM

18. I hope he is never allowed to work as a pharmacist again.

He didn't just commit a vile act, he commented a massive breach of the ethics of his profession when he tampered with vaccine that was intended to be administered to patients. If that doesn't call for a permanent forfeiture of the right to practice that profession, I don't know what would.

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Response to ShazzieB (Reply #18)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 08:23 PM

27. +33. n/t

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 04:31 PM

3. Not enough time.

What would have happened if the spoiled vaccines had been administered leading the recipients to believe
they had protection? This was a vile act. Despicable dumb fuck.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 04:33 PM

4. Good. Adulterating any medication, but in particular vaccines is so unbelievable. I cannot

imagine how anyone in any field related to health care delivery could do such a thing. He should NEVER be allowed to work in a pharmacy or related fields again. Let him take his conspiracy theory-laden ideology elsewhere where he can do less harm.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 04:49 PM

6. misanthrop trumper gets prison. nice.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 04:52 PM

7. Overall...such a sad situation for the Pharmacist...

He will probably never work as a Pharmacist again, all the hard work for the skill.......that said...if he did that with the vaccine, so easily without blinking...who is to know what other medication tampering he has done ??? I sense this goes deeper into his past so called job performance.... just a gut feeling.

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 05:31 PM

12. Not so sad. He knew what he was doing and why.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 04:58 PM

8. This is why I'm not so enthusiastic about religious exemptions in the workplace.

If you're a committed pacifist, you shouldn't join the military. Being in the military includes the possibility that one might have to be involved in violence.

Likewise, if you're a pharmacist, you don't get to exert your religious (or, in this case, crazytown) beliefs on others. Think a prescribing doctor made a mistake? Concerned about drug interactions? It's definitely your role to intervene. Think a prescription is immoral? Not your call. If you refuse to fill a prescription out of religious conviction, and your boss fires you, good on your boss.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 05:00 PM

9. At least he owned up to it and is contrite.

I imagine he was jockeying for a plea deal, but still, three years isn't exactly a slap on the wrist.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 05:36 PM

13. Bravo - lock him up now.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 05:50 PM

14. Zero tolerance.

Just read this morning about serial killer Donald Harvey. Confessed to killing over 80 people as he worked as an aide in nursing homes, hospitals.

He said he killed the first patient, an old man, by smothering him with a pillow. Donald was freaked out, sure he would be caught.

Then...nothing happened. Nobody asked questions, nobody was suspicious, they just processed the body and life went on.

That gave him a thrill. He was smarter than the doctors, smarter than the nurses. And he continued killing patients. Sometimes he would intentionally foul up their medicine, sometimes he would cut off their oxygen, sometimes he would physically smother them. He was never under suspicion, never questioned, all the deaths were written up as natural causes. He finally fouled up when he gave a patient arsenic, and an alert doctor detected the smell.

How many other Donald Harveys are there? This guy seems like a candidate, and I hope they go back and examine his work record. It is extremely rare for a man of this age to just wake up one morning and pull a stunt like this.

He should never be allowed to work in health care in any capacity ever again.



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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 06:03 PM

15. My wife used to among other things, calculate federal sentences.

She says even with good behavior time he’ll do about 34.5 of the 36 months.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 06:10 PM

16. Good!

I was wondering what happened to that idiot. I don't suppose he'll ever be able to find employment as a pharmacist again, either. I sincerely hope he hates his new life in prison and working menial jobs after that. Maybe he can reflect upon his life choices.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 06:10 PM

17. Time to find a new career, fella

Maybe Chump will give you a "pardon" when he gets back into power in August?
Don't hold your breath.



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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #17)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 07:12 PM

20. Ha!

That's one of my favorite Stephen Colbert gifs of all time!

There are a lot of good ones out there, so that is saying something.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 07:02 PM

19. February

When people were having a hard time getting vaccinated. He needs to spend some time in prison.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 07:22 PM

21. Good.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 07:44 PM

24. Make him do PS spots. Make him say, " ... and by the way, Joe Biden really won the election!"

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 07:53 PM

25. We've seen right-wingers do this in other countries

Where a mayor or other local official (typically) will "accidentally" shut off the refrigerators containing Covid vaccines, or some such "oopsie."

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 09:40 PM

28. Bet ya he is a Christian too

n/t

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 8, 2021, 09:49 PM

29. So he would totally understand if a relative got watered down cancer meds or pain killers.

So he would totally understand if a relative got watered down cancer meds or pain killers.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 03:25 AM

30. I'm all for

him losing his license permanently, but three years seems a bit harsh to me.

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Response to Sgent (Reply #30)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:54 PM

32. Think about post 22 right above this

this wasn't simple vandalism, at least not in its intent. A medical professional tampering with medicine is a very serious problem.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:52 PM

31. He's lucky he didn't get charged with attempted manslaughter

Dumbass was lashing out at a society he doesn't want to understand

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 06:30 AM

33. good to see this.

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