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Nov 02, 2012

Nov 02, 2012

Bacteria found in two drugs as meningitis outbreak tops 400

(CIDRAP News) – Tests by federal health officials have detected bacterial contamination in two products from the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy linked to a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak caused by tainted steroid drugs, a finding that amplifies worries about the sterility of the company's products.

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.

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.

Oct 23, 2012

Oct 23, 2012

Fungal meningitis outbreak cases top 300

(CIDRAP News) – Eleven more cases were reported in a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid injections, including the first patient from Georgia, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Oct 17, 2012

Oct 17, 2012

Fungal meningitis toll rises as feds raid pharmacy

(CIDRAP News) – Fourteen more cases and four more deaths were reported today in a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroids provided by a Massachusetts pharmacy, which was raided yesterday by federal agents.

Oct 16, 2012

Oct 16, 2012

Warnings, cases expand in fungal meningitis outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Nineteen more patients have been sickened in a fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid injections, and a federal official today urged clinicians to contact patients who received other drugs made by the company involved, in view of worrisome investigative findings.

Oct 08, 2012

Oct 08, 2012

Fungal meningitis cases soar; death toll reaches 8

(CIDRAP News) – The number of patients sickened in a fungal meningitis outbreak linked to steroid injections for back pain more than doubled over the weekend, with 105 infections reported so far, including 3 more deaths, raising the toll to 8, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in a health alert.

Oct 05, 2012

Oct 05, 2012

Meningitis outbreak expands to 47 cases in seven states

(CIDRAP News) – A fungal meningitis outbreak linked to steroid injections for back pain has grown to 47 in seven states, 12 more than reported yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. The death toll remained at five.

Michigan was added to the list of affected states today, with four cases. Other states with cases are Tennessee, 29; Virginia, 6; Indiana, 3; Florida, 2; Maryland, 2, and North Carolina, 1.

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