The Department of Health completed their survey June 16 but reports do not appear on its website until at least 41 days after their completion date, the report says.
“Based on facility documents, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documents, facility record and staff interviews it was determined that the facility failed to obtain the necessary approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) prior to administering a medication that is not a generally accepted practice in the medical community, is not a currently approved medication by the FDA for treatment of the COVID-19 virus outside of the hospital setting for an ‘Experimental Post Exposure Prophylaxis’ treatment for 205 of 435 residents,” the report said.
The center was found to have attempted to administer the medication in conjunction with zinc tablets, the report said. The consent form residents apparently signed to take the medication identified the treatment as experimental, but it says Brighton Center did not report any possible errors in providing the medication or any adverse effects residents may have experienced.
Brighton issued a statement to CNN regarding the lawsuit saying, “Ms. Wiles was not an employee of our facility, nor did we supervise her or set her schedule. Further, we do not yet know whether Ms. Wiles acquired COVID-19 at all, let alone at our facility.” The statement went on to say, “As for the unfounded allegations, we will not tolerate litigation through slander and are working with counsel to determine the appropriate legal response.” The company said, “it is scientifically recognized by OSHA and Workers’ Compensation Boards that where and how exactly an individual contracted this virus cannot be determined.”
To rectify the situation, the report determined the center cannot retroactively receive permission for its issuance of hydroxychloroquine. While it acknowledged the center is no longer providing hydroxychloroquine, the Department of Health will nonetheless be auditing the center to ensure compliance.
CNN has reached out to Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center for comment on the Department of Health’s report.