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Recall after Meningitis Outbreak

December 02, 2013

New England Compounding Pharmacy recalled all of its products yesterday in light of an investigation into the meningitis outbreak that has left seven dead and 91 sick.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) linked the outbreak in nine U.S. states to contaminated steroids used for back pain sold by pharmaceutical company. The company, also known as New England Compounding Center, is cooperating with the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in their investigation.

The steroid in question, methylprednisolone acetate, was shipped to facilities in 23 states from July to September.

The illness linked to the outbreak is not contagious and can be treated with anti-fungal medication, according to the CDC. However, if left untreated, it can be fatal.

The reported 91 cases of illness have been reported in nine states, including Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota.

Tennessee reported 32 cases, followed by 20 in Michigan and 18 in Virginia.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, usually caused by an infection from a virus or bacteria.

According to a statement for the company, the New England Compounding Center has shut down operations.

The list of recalled products is 71 pages long.

According to the CDC, there is not yet enough evidence to determine the original source of the outbreak.

There were about 75 health centers across the country that received tainted steroid vials. Visit the CDC’s website to view a list of the centers affected by the recall.


 

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