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Meningitis outbreak leads to calls for reform

According to Reuters, the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid medication has led to calls for more oversight of what the article describes as “a largely unregulated corner of the pharmaceutical world.”

The latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control put the number of cases at 119 in 10 different states. The CDC is also reporting 11 deaths. The latest victim is a 70-year-old man in Florida, Reuters reports.

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Q&A about meningitis outbreak

CNN provides a question-and-answer article about the deadly meningitis outbreak connected to steroid medication that has sickened more than 100 people in nine states.

The rare fungal infection has been traced back to a steroid medication that the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., manufactured. The injectable steroid is commonly used to treat back pain, and federal health officials say as many as 13,000 people in 23 states may have received ...

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Pharmacy linked to meningitis recalls all products

The New England Compounding Center, the Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis, has voluntarily recalled all of its products.

The meningitis has been linked to a steroid medication injected into the spine to treat back pain. According to a story in the Chicago Tribune, the New England Compounding Center said there’s no indication that any other products have been contaminated and the recall is being undertaken purely as a precautionary measure.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had ...

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Meningitis outbreak speads to seven states

The meningitis outbreak linked to fungus-tainted steroid medication had spread to 47 cases in seven different states as of Oct. 5, according to a story in the Boston Globe.

As of Oct. 5, the death toll was still listed at five.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added Michigan, with four cases, to the list of affected states. There were 29 reported cases in Tennessee; six in Virginia; three in Indiana; two each in Maryland and Florida; and one in ...

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Meningitis outbreak likely to spread

A meningitis outbreak has spread to five states – sickening 26 people and killing four, according to a story in USA Today.

Investigators believe the condition, a potentially deadly inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, was likely caused by a fungus-tainted steroid medication commonly injected to treat back pain. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration identified the steroid manufacturer as the New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy in Framingham, Mass.

According to the story, 18 of ...

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