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Nov 01, 2012

Nov 01, 2012

Fungal meningitis outbreak grows to 386 cases

(CIDRAP News) – Nine more patients have been sickened in a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts company's tainted steroid injections, boosting the total so far to 386, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Nov 01, 2012

Study: Rapid flu tests do best at high viral loads

(CIDRAP News) – Commercially available rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTs) detected common virus strains at high concentrations fairly well but performed variably at lower concentrations, an evaluation of all 11 Food and Drug Administration–approved RIDTs showed.

Oct 31, 2012

Oct 31, 2012

FDA probe prompts recall from second compounding pharmacy

(CIDRAP News) – A second compounding pharmacy today recalled all of its products in the wake of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigations surrounding a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated injectable steroids.

Oct 30, 2012

Oct 30, 2012

CDC profiles wide range of global flu activities

(CIDRAP News) – An annual report released yesterday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) profiles a wide range of CDC influenza-related projects around the world, from flu surveillance in Indonesia to vaccine effectiveness studies in El Salvador and epidemiology training in Ghana.

Oct 29, 2012

Oct 29, 2012

Report: Deaths, illness linked to compounding pharmacies not new

(CIDRAP News) – Safety problems with products from compounding pharmacies even before the current multistate fungal meningitis outbreak led to at least 23 deaths and 86 serious illnesses or injuries in 34 states over the past decade, according to a report today from a Massachusetts congressman.

Oct 26, 2012

Oct 26, 2012

Investigation flags several issues at tainted steroid producer

(CIDRAP News) – The compounding pharmacy that produced tainted steroid injections implicated in a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak had problems maintaining the clean room where the drugs were processed, according to a federal report today that found, for example, greenish residue on the ceiling.

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