Product News and Recalls

MedPrep Consulting recalls drugs over contamination scare

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a national recall of drugs from a New Jersey compounding pharmacy called Med Prep Consulting Inc., citing concerns of possible mold contamination.

According to a story in USA Today, the recalled items include dozens of antibiotics, pain relievers and drugs employed in labor and surgery.

A Massachusetts compounding pharmacy called the New England Compounding Center was behind another contamination scare that broke out late last year. Batches of steroid medication from the NECC, which went out across the country, were found to be contaminated with a fungus.

Now health authorities blame the NECC’s medication on a meningitis outbreak that has sickened 722 people and killed 50 throughout the country.

That outbreak has led to more rigorous FDA inspections of compounding pharmacies, which produce custom medications in response to physician orders using components from another source.

The USA Today story says the drugs were packaged in infusion bags, plastic syringes and glass vials, which were distributed to regional hospitals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware. Med Prep said mold was found in five bags of magnesium sulfate, a drug used to control seizures and premature labor in pregnant women, sent to a Connecticut hospital.

The FDA is still investigating, but no injuries have yet been reported from Med Prep products, the story says.

Lopez McHugh is investigating cases related to the fungal meningitis outbreak. If you or a loved one had an injection and were diagnosed with meningitis, you should consult with a Lopez McHugh lawyer for a free consultation.

See the story here:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/18/mold-specialty-drugs/1997843/