Beaver medical groups sue Maine over hospital-acquired infections

Two Maine medical groups are suing the state over a hospital-associated infection epidemic that they say has been fueled by hospital-injected antibiotics.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor, the medical groups allege that hospital-prescribed antibiotics were used to treat infections at the Augusta Memorial Medical Center and the University of Maine Medical Center in Bango.

The lawsuit, filed in U, seeks an injunction preventing the state from using the antibiotics in future instances, as well as to halt the use of the medications in the state’s public hospitals.

The complaint comes as Maine grapples with a national outbreak of antibiotic-resistant infections, with an average of 100 infections per 100,000 residents, according to the Maine Department of Health.