Lawsuit says 10 SIUH clinic patients died of methadone, anti-anxiety drug mix; hospital disputes claim

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The blend of methadone and an anti-psychotic medication may have contributed to 10 deaths at Staten Island University Hospital clinics, a bombshell whistleblower lawsuit alleges.

The federal suit claims the drug, Seroquel, which is used to treat depression, bi-polar and schizophrenia, and its maker, AstraZeneca, knew for years the cocktail could cause an abnormal heart rhythm but did not warn the public until 2010.

Allison Zayas, a former New York sales representative for the London-based pharmaceutical company who worked in Staten Island and Brooklyn, is suing the company on behalf of the U.S. government and 27 states, including New York and New Jersey.

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