Posts Tagged 'steroids'

Death toll rises from meningitis outbreak

The death toll continues to climb from a fungal meningitis outbreak related to a batch of contaminated steroid medication, the Boston Herald reports.

Six months after health authorities first identified the outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting 50 deaths and 722 illnesses connected to medication manufactured at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the tissue surrounding the spinal cord and brain. ...

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Inspections shut down 11 Mass. pharmacies

State officials in Massachusetts have shut down 11 specialty pharmacies of the type responsible for last year’s deadly meningitis outbreak, following a series of surprise inspections.

According to a story in USA Today, inspectors looked in on 40 compounding pharmacies, which produce custom prescriptions in response to specific physician orders.

Compounding pharmacies aren’t subject to the same regulations as other pharmaceutical manufacturers.

That regulatory gap drew attention last year, when ...

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Meningitis pharmacy owners got $16 million

The owners of a specialty pharmacy blamed for a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak got more than $16 million from the business last year – which accounts for about half of its sales.

The Boston Globe, citing bankruptcy records, reports that four family members who co-founded the New England Compounding Center also ran up expenses on corporate American Express cards totaling $90,000, including charges made after the company shut down in October.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and ...

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FDA, state officials take look at compounding pharmacies

During a conference that included public health officials from all 50 states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration examined the role of the federal government in regulating “compounding pharmacies.”

A compounding pharmacy called the New England Compounding Center – where specialty drugs are prepared using ingredients from other sources – produced the steroid medication responsible for the 19-state fungal meningitis outbreak that has so far sickened 620 people ...

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More contaminants in drugs from meningitis pharmacy

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning health care providers of additional contaminants in drugs made by the New England Compounding Center – a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak.

The CDC’s alert says bacterial and fungal contaminants were found in cardioplegia, a drug used in heart surgeries, and the steroid medications betamethasone and triamcinolone.

WBIR out of Tennessee reports that all cases ...

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Lawyers for meningitis pharmacy trying to consolidate cases

Lawyers representing the New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy blamed in a deadly meningitis outbreak, are trying to consolidate a number of lawsuits filed against their client.

A report in the Courier Journal out of Kentucky says 37 cases originally filed in state and county courts have been transferred to federal courts across the country at the request of NECC’s lawyers, who are requesting that a Boston-based ...

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