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MENINGITIS OUTBREAK HASN’T ENDED

The fungal meningitis outbreak that resulted from a tainted steroid injection this fall is not over.  Several months later, there have been over 23 new cases of spinal abscesses attributable to the steroid injection manufactured by New England Compounding Pharmacy. Luckily the new wave of cases has involved spinal abscesses, and have not yet developed…..

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Tagged fungal meningitis, meningitis,

STEROID INJECTIONS CAUSE MENINGITIS OUTBREAK

A fairly standard steroid injection used to treat back pain has resulted in a meningitis outbreak in five states: Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, and North Carolina.  It has led to 26 people thus far getting sick, including 4 for whom it was fatal.  The drug was made by a pharmacy in Massachusetts called New England…..

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Tagged CDC, fungal meningitis, malpractice, meningitis, steroid injections,

UPDATE ON MENINGITIS OUTBREAK

There are new figures on the recent fungal meningitis outbreak that resulted from tainted steroid shots.  Now it is believed that 13,000 people received the shot, though not all the shots were given in the back.  The number of confirmed cases has now reached 105, with eight fatalities. These growing numbers are causing renewed attention…..

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Tagged meningitis, FDA, Meningitis Outbreak, New England Compounding Center,

NEW TAINTED DRUGS MEANS MORE MENINGITIS

While it was initially thought that the recent fungal meningitis outbreak was a result of only one tainted steroid, there are reports this week that there are three new cases that are linked to different drugs made by the same compounding pharmacy.  The FDA is investigating, and has not provided any definitive answers yet. The…..

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Tagged meningitis, FDA,

UPDATE ON MENINGITIS OUTBREAK: NECC PROBLEMS

The compounding agency at the center of the meningitis outbreak that has so far killed 23 people and sickened almost 300, was found to have problems with contamination control back in 2006.  At that time, The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy investigated the NECC and found that there was inadequate contamination control.  Also, they…..

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Tagged meningitis, FDA,

UPDATE ON FUNGAL MENINGITIS OUTBREAK

Patients affected by this October’s fungal meningitis outbreak are suffering a new set of problems: side effects from what was thought to be successful treatment.  Patients that have been returning to their doctors complaining of two spinal complications: epidural abscesses, and arachnoiditis. Epidural abscesses are pus-filled sacs of fluid surrounding the spine.  This complication is…..

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Tagged fungal meningitis, meningitis,